Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘in talks with AC Milan over a one-year contract extension’ that would take him into his 40s after he boasted of being a ‘God’ following his derby heroics against Inter
- Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants another contract at AC Milan
- Ibrahimovic signed a new deal in August but feels fit enough for another season
- Rossoneri expected to make a decision on his future on the Swede next Spring
- The 39-year-old striker scored twice in Milan’s derby win over Inter on Saturday
- AC Milan are leading Serie A with four wins from four under coach Stefano Pioli
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already looking to extend his AC Milan contract for another year, which would stretch his playing career into his forties, according to reports.
The veteran Swedish striker, who turned 39 on October 3, scored twice to help the in-form Rossoneri claim a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Inter Milan on Saturday, cementing their place at the top of Serie A and jokingly hailing himself a ‘God’ of the city.
Ibrahimovic signed a new one-year deal worth €7million (£6.17m) in August after his recent spell at LA Galaxy, agreeing a contract without bonuses but on a fixed salary.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already looking to extend his AC Milan contract for another season
Saturday night’s win was Milan’s first city derby victory in the league in over four years
He initially rejoined the club on a six-month deal last December, with the option for another season.
But Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that Ibrahimovic, whose first-half double came in his first game back since recovering from coronavirus, is now eyeing another season with Milan and his agent Mino Raiola is already on the case which would incredibly see him playing for the seven-time European champions into his 40s.
In the mean time, the Swede couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at Inter striker and former Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku after Saturday’s victory, posting a taunt to let the Belgian know who is main man in the football-mad northern Italian city.
Referring to Lukaku’s own message after he scored in Inter’s 4-2 fightback win back in February, tweeting: ‘There’s a new king in town’, Ibrahimovic couldn’t wait to reply.
Posting to his 6.9 million followers on Sunday, he tweeted: ‘Milano never had a king, they have a GOD.’
Meanwhile, the Corriere dell Sera report adds that a decision over Ibrahimovic’s future will not be made until the end of the season but the striker has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet and feels he still has plenty more to offer.
Speaking after his side’s derby victory, which made it four wins from four under coach Stefano Pioli, Ibrahimovic revealed he is feeling better than ever and is confident he can keep producing the goods in the Italian top flight.
‘Mino Raiola told me to return to Europe, they told me Milan needed me, so I came. I feel like a more complete player now than I was 10 years ago,’ he said.
‘If I had the fitness levels I did 10 years ago, nobody would stop me. Mind you, they can’t stop me now either.
Ibrahimovic was hailed by Milan coach Stefano Pioli (right) after his derby brace against Inter
‘We are taking it one game at a time. When I arrived, the objective was qualifying for Europe and we did it. I do think the Scudetto is a possibility, because if you believe, then you can achieve anything. There’s a long way to go, though.’
Pioli saluted Ibrahimovic after his derby heroics.
‘Zlatan is extraordinary, he brings so much to the side with his talent, determination and character,’ he said.
‘He’s an exemplary professional, gives everything for his team, wants to win everything from a cup final to a training-ground routine. I can’t take any credit for dealing with Ibrahimovic, as it’s very easy.’
Milan are now unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions which includes their fine run-in to last season, with nine wins and three draws from their last 12 matches.
They face Scottish champions Celtic away in the Europa League on Thursday while their next Serie A clash is next Monday against seventh-placed Roma, who have also hit form with back-to-back wins.