AC Milan star Ibrahimovic decided to retire in the summer, only to change his mind

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AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he decided to retire in the summer, only to change his mind and sign with the Rossoneri for another season.

The Swede’s form has helped Milan to a surprising early-season lead atop the Serie A table, sitting five points clear of city rivals Inter in second place.

“The team is hungry, it has desire,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview withformer Milan team-mate Massimo Ambrosinion Sky Sport Italia.

“We are doing well. We must not have dreams or goals, but play one game at a time. Or rather, I have a goal. But the team must do as well aspossible, because itis very young.

“Now we can’trelax. Everyone only remembers the last game.”

After leaving the LA Galaxy at the end of the 2019 MLS season,Ibrahimovicopted to return to Milan seven years after leaving the club, saying he was looking forward to the challenge of changing theRossoneri’s fortunes.

“Instead of arriving in a team that is already at the top, it is better to bring them back to the top,” Ibrahimovic said.”If I had been afraid, I would not have signed. Like at Manchester United, they told me that I only had to lose, that I was too old.

“Ten years ago I had another status, another ego. But today I have more experience.When you are young you are more rock ‘n’ roll, now I understand situations more.”

After spending a half-season with Milan,Ibrahimovicsaid he was at a crossroads this summer. After initially deciding to retire, the veteran ultimately decided to reverse that decision and sign another one-year deal with the club.

“Milan manager Stefano Pioli asked me what I wanted to do. I replied:’No, I am not going to continue. Enough. My family is also important, I’m here alone, it’s a sacrifice.For six months it’s fine, but I don’t want to stay another year.’

“Pioli said to me: ‘Okay, I respect you, okay.’

“The next day we talked again: ‘No, I’ve decided to retire. Forget the contract, at this age it’s not important.’

“Then something changed. I didn’t want to have any regrets. I called Milan and decided to go on. But at first I decided: ‘No, I won’t stay next year.’

“Already at United I was thinking of quitting. I was 35, 36 years old.”

Ibrahimovicrevealed that the career-threatening knee injury he suffered with United in 2017, followed by his rehab and return, convinced him that he should play as long as possible.


Source : goal.com