There’s no stopping him yet! 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘is set to sign new deal with Serie A champions AC Milan’ despite knee injury ruling him out until January
- AC Milan are set to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new deal to stay at the club
- The 40-year-old is out with a knee injury and isn’t expected back until January
- The Swedish star scored eight goals for the Serie A champions last season
- Ibrahimovic is seen as key figure on and off the pitch for Stefano Pioli’s side
AC Milan are reportedly set to announce a new deal for veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at the club within the next week.
The Swedish star has been a free agent since his contract with the Serie A champions expired at the start of the month.
But Milan have been keen for him to stay at the club, despite Ibrahimovic having to undergo surgery on his knee in May.
The serious injury is expected to keep the 40-year-old sidelined until January, but according to reports from Tuttomercatoweb in Milan, Zlatan met with club officials this week and an announcement of the deal is expected imminently.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to sign a new deal to keep him at AC Milan this week
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli sees Ibrahimovic as a key figure for his Serie A champions
Ibrahimovic played a key role in Milan’s first title win for 11 years last season, scoring eight goals and providing three assists across his 23 games for the Rossoneri.
Even though the much-travelled striker is in the latter stages of his career, Milan boss Stefano Pioli sees Ibrahimovic as a key figure in the dressing room, and a reference point for the rest of his squad.
Since re-joining Milan in 2019, Ibrahimovic has scored thirty-six goals in seventy-four appearances for the Italian giants. It is his second spell at the club, having helped the club to the Serie A title during his previous stint from 2010-2012.
Zlatan played a vital role in helping Milan win their first Serie A title for 11 years last season
Milan have already boosted their striking options ahead of the new campaign by securing the services of Belgian frontman Divock Origi after his contract with Liverpool expired.
Along with Origi and Ibrahimovic’s extended stay, the reigning champions can also call on Olivier Giroud and Ante Rebic as options in attack.
This summer the club have also recruited Brazilian midfielder Junior Messias from Crotone and Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi. However, their squad has been weakened by the departure of Franck Kessie, who’s joined Barcelona.
Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku will once again be on opposite sides of the Milan derby
Ibrahimovic’s stay at the San Siro could also reignite his rivalry with Romelu Lukaku, after the Belgian star returned to Inter earlier this month on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The pair famously clashed in during a Milan Coppa Italia derby in 2021, where the Swede taunted Lukaku over his mother’s ‘voodoo rituals’ and was sent off during the fiery affair.
However, any meeting with Inter will have to wait for Ibrahimovic as he recovers from the knee surgery, after playing the second half of last season through the pain barrier without an ACL in his left knee.
Ibrahimovic shared a clip showing a needle being injected into the side of his left knee and slowly withdrawing the fluid followed by a shot of two full syringes
Last month the former Manchester United striker shared graphic footage of his knee being emptied of synovial fluid across his social media accounts.
Ibrahimovic said he had ‘never suffered so much’ and he was relying on painkillers and injections in the last six months of the season to get him through Milan’s title winning campaign.