‘It will not be a simple negotiation’ – AC Milan hoping to maintain Ibrahimovic
The coach described his veteran ahead as a “champion” after he ended the season in tremendous trend on Saturday
AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli lauded “champion” Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Rossoneri star made extra Serie A historical past within the 3-Zero win over Cagliari.
Ibrahimovic – aged 38 years and 302 days – turned the oldest participant to attain 10-plus targets in a Serie A season together with his strike towards Cagliari in Saturday’s 2019-20 finale at San Siro.
After having a penalty saved, Ibrahimovic netted within the 55th minute to take his tally to 10 targets in simply 18 top-flight appearances since re-joining Milan from MLS outfit LA Galaxy in January.
Pioli heaped reward on the evergreen veteran striker, telling Milan TV: “Do not inform him he is the oldest to have scored 10 targets in Serie A.
“He’s a champion in all the things he does, he has made a vital contribution. Our enhancements have gone hand in hand, individually and collectively.
“The boys can have a well-deserved relaxation however quickly they should resume coaching at house as in the course of the lockdown.”
AC Milan are in negotiations with Ibrahimovic over a brand new contract, with the previous Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star’s deal set to run out.
“We’ve constructed one thing this season and it needs to be given consistency. So subsequent season shall be attempting to construct on what we have already completed,” Milan director Paolo Maldini advised Sky Sport Italia pre-game.
“In all honesty, Zlatan is a part of this mission. It will not be a simple negotiation, however we totally intend to maintain him with us. We’ve many younger gamers who can develop exponentially with Ibra by their aspect.
“We’d have alternative ways of attaining our goals, however we’d like the identical normal imaginative and prescient of the place we need to find yourself, in any other case I would not be right here.”
Milan – impressed by Ibrahimovic – have been rejuvenated for the reason that restart, with Ragnar Klavan’s personal purpose and Samu Castillejo’s effort capping a sixth-placed end for Pioli’s aspect.
In-form Milan (35) have scored probably the most targets in Europe’s top-five league since Serie A resumed in June following the coronavirus-enforced break, whereas solely Actual Madrid (31) have gained extra factors than the Italian powerhouse (30) in these top-five leagues over the identical interval – a run that led to being retained as coach.
Pioli, whose crew ended the marketing campaign within the midst of a 12-game unbeaten run within the league, added: “The boys had been distinctive, a incredible return with wonderful performances. Past the constructive outcomes, it was essential to create a mentality, it have to be a foundation on which to construct an much more satisfying future.
“We’ve confidence and conviction, we additionally want high quality. It signifies that we have now these values. We shut the season with satisfaction. We hoped we’d not need to do the playoffs however we are going to face them with conviction. We have to shut the hole with the highest groups.”
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