What future for Zlatan? | Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC Milan

AC Milan’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool was not how Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have planned his 150th European game. The Swede tried to bend fate to his mighty will with a late bicycle kick, but on this occasion the magician’s wand failed. At 41, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were witnessing Ibrahimovic’s last fight on the European stage. However, there is a lot to indicate that we have yet to see the last of the Supreme Swede.

Speaking to Italian talk show Che Tempo Che Fa, the forward said: “I don’t know what will happen after the football so I’m a little afraid to quit. We’ll see, but I want to keep going. to play so that I have no regrets “. Zlatan has yet to be offered a contract extension by Milan, although Gazzetta dello Sport announced last month that he would likely be offered a new contract. His performances certainly deserve extra time, with the former Barcelona star having scored six goals in his nine Serie A appearances this quarter.

The Rossoneri are currently top of Serie A, with a second straight Champions League qualification looking likely. The Italian giants haven’t achieved this feat since 2013/14, and have been without a Scudetto since 2010/11. ‘Ibra’ has played an important role in this revival, bringing experience and a winning mentality to a dressing room that is no longer used to success. If Milan get another Champions League qualification, or do better and win Serie A, one more year at San Siro seems like a fair reward for Zlatan.

A Serie A title win may also seem like a natural end to Zlatan’s second stint at AC Milan. Leaving Italy as a champion would suit the Decorated Swede, who prides himself on bringing success to every club he plays for. But that doesn’t mean Ibrahimovic would be ready for his pipe and slippers just yet. While the striker still scores goals and plays at a high level, a myriad of clubs would bring him back despite his advanced years.

A return to England seems unlikely. Zlatan’s comments on Manchester United in his latest book suggest a return to Old Trafford is not an option. Pep Guardiola did without the services of a much younger ‘Ibra’ at Barcelona, ​​so he’s unlikely to try to get him to Manchester City. Chelsea are a possibility, but it’s hard to envision the ex-Inter Milan star adjusting to Thomas Tuchel’s system. Liverpool are not on the table either, as Jurgen Klopp favors a smoother front line. Perhaps a revival at Arsenal, after the infamous “Zlatan doesn’t audition” incident?

China has stopped dropping costly superstars, while Major League Soccer focuses more on local talent these days. However, given his superb record in the United States, a reunion with LA Galaxy as the designated player is not out of the question. A return to Sweden seemed like a certainty at one point, and there was even a statue of him at his former club in Malmö. Controversy has a way to find Zlatan however, and the fact that he bought a stake in rival club Hammarby has ruined his relationship with Malmö fans.

The truth is, Ibrahimovic has built his career by being totally unpredictable. There is a chance that he will leave Milan and not go to any of the clubs we have listed here. He could also stay at the San Siro for another five years and continue scoring goals when his iconic ponytail turns gray. But don’t bet against Zlatan who adds to his 150 games in Europe. At this point, I wouldn’t bet against him to hit 200.

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