Former AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate has revealed that he spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Saturday’s win over Inter and the striker wasn’t totally happy.
Ibrahimovic showed his decisiveness once again as Milan continued their perfect start to the Serie A season with a 2-1 win over Inter at San Siro on Saturday.
The Swede is 39 years of age and will be 40 early next season but he does not feel it at all, and in fact still feels that he can contribute a lot to this team.
Abate spoke to Sky Italia about his former team-mate and revealed an interesting story regarding Saturday night’s win.
“Time passes for everyone, but he is always there. He has a stratospheric psycho-physical level,” he said (via MilanNews).
“It is right that he continues to play, also because he still makes a difference. Zlatan surprised me, but knowing him, if he chose to come back, it was because he knew he could ensure this performance.”
In the 13th minute, Milan took the lead from the penalty spot. Ibrahimovic was put through on goal and was chopped to the floor by Kolarov inside the area, and the Swede dusted himself off to score from the spot albeit at the second attempt as Handanovic saved the initial effort.
“I spoke him after the derby and he was angry for having missed the penalty,” Abate revealed.
“That is his mentality. He has always been a driving force, we all followed closely.”