Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan admitted he intended to retire in the summer, only to change his mind and sign for another season with the Rossoneri.
Once again, Ibrahimovic has proved to be evergreen this season, as the 39-year-old has scored 11 goals for Milan in 10 total appearances.
The Swede’s form helped Milan lead atop the Serie A table to a surprising early-season lead, sitting five points away from city rivals Inter in second place.
In an interview with former Milan team-mate Massimo Ambrosini on Sky Sport Italia, Ibrahimovic said The team is hungry, it has the desire,”
We’re doing fine. We don’t need to have dreams or expectations but play one game at a time. Or rather, I’ve got a goal. But because it’s very young, the team must do as well as possible.
“We cannot relax now. Everyone remembers just the last game.
After leaving the LA Galaxy at the end of the 2019 MLS season seven years after leaving the club, Ibrahimovic decided to return to Milan, saying he was looking forward to the task of improving the fortunes of the Rossoneri.
Ibrahimovic said Instead of arriving in a team that is already at the top, it is better to bring them back to the top,” I would not have signed if I had been afraid. They told me, as at [Manchester] United, that I just had to lose, that I was too old.
“I had another status ten years ago, another ego. Yet I’ve had more experience today. You’re more rock ‘n’ roll when you’re young, and now I appreciate circumstances more.
Ibrahimovic said he was at a crossroads this summer after spending a half-season with Milan. The veteran eventually decided to reverse the decision and sign another one-year agreement with the club after initially agreeing to retire.[Milan manager Stefano] Pioli asked me what I wanted to do. I said, ‘No I’m not going to continue. Enough. My family is important too, it’s a sacrifice, I’m alone here. It’s good for six months, but I don’t want to stay another year.’
“Pioli said to me All right, I respect you, all right.’
“We spoke again the next day:’ No I’ve decided to retire. Forget the deal, it’s not necessary at this age.’
“Something changed then. I decided to have no regrets. I called Milan and agreed to go ahead with it. But at first, I decided, ‘No, next year I’m not going to stay.’
“Already at United, I was thinking of retiring. I was 35, 36 years old.”
Ibrahimovic revealed that in 2017, followed by his rehab and return, the career-threatening knee injury he suffered from United convinced him that he should play as long as possible.