Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs new one-year deal at AC Milan that will ensure the Swedish striker continues playing at the San Siro after he turns FORTY
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has committed to AC Milan for the 2021-22 season
- The Sweden striker turns 40 in October but has been in excellent form this term
- Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals from 25 matches across all competitions
- He admits he would stay ‘for life’ at the San Siro if he could after penning deal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has penned a new one-year deal at AC Milan that will see him play on at the San Siro beyond his 40th birthday.
The striker has been in excellent form during an Indian summer to his career, with his 17 goals from 25 matches having helped put Milan back into the title picture in Serie A this term.
Pictured signing a new deal, Ibrahimovic announced his new deal on Twitter with the caption ‘The saga continues.’
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second right) signs his new one-year deal at AC Milan on Thursday
The Swedish striker’s new deal will take him beyond his 40th birthday at the San Siro
‘I feel really happy. I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m staying for another year. It’s what matters and it’s what’s most important,’ Ibrahimovic said
‘I’ve always said that playing for AC Milan is like being at home. I am really happy with the way the club makes me feel, everyone that works here, my team-mates and the coach and the fans who I miss a lot in the stadium.’
Ibrahimovic rejoined Milan for a second spell in January 2020 in a six-month deal, having previously played for the Rossoneri between 2010 and 2012, including a year while on loan from Barcelona.
Despite dabbling with retirement last summer, the striker decided to play on for another season and his form this campaign has convinced the former Manchester United striker to continue until at least the end of the 2021-22 season.
Ibrahimovic told AC Milan his relationship with the manager and fans convinced him to stay
The striker has enjoyed an excellent season scoring 17 goals from 25 appearances so far
Ibrahimovic’s form has been so good it has convinced him to end a five-year retirement from the Swedish international set-up and he will be hoping to secure a place in the squad for the European Championship this summer.
For now though the 39-year-old, who turns 40 in October, is delighted to have agreed a new deal, insisting his relationship with the fans and manager Stefano Pioli makes him want to stay at the club for the rest of his life.
‘This is like being at home. I would stay for the rest of my life if I could, he added. ‘From the very first day, working with coach [Stefano] Pioli has been really easy because he has the right mentality.
‘He has this energy each day that transforms the team because he wants to get the most out of the team.
Ibrahimovic has bagged over 500 goals during a wonderful career for the Swedish striker
‘I am really happy with how the club makes me feel.’
Ibrahimovic started his career at Malmo in 1999 and has a glittering CV which has also seen him play for Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, LA Galaxy as well as Milan’s city rivals Inter.
Having scored over 500 goals across over 800 appearances in his career, Ibrahimovic has also earned 11 league titles.
One of those came with Milan in 2011 but he faces a tough task to add to that this season, with his side in second place 10 points behind Inter with just six matches to play.
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