The organiser of the well-known Sanremo Festival has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not commute from Milan for his appearances.
Ibrahimovic will be a guest every night at the festival from 2 to 6 March, as has been in the plans for some time now, and the Rossoneri management are reportedly studying a programme to ensure that he stays in top condition while away.
This is because it is logistically quite difficult for the Swede to go back and forth to Milanello each day, so the most likely hypothesis it is that he will work with an ad hoc trainer in Liguria somewhere, or in Monte Carlo.
There were some question marks about whether Ibrahimovic would appear at the Sanremo Festival, but those have been dispelled by Amadeus himself – the host of the Festival.
Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Amadeus spoke about Ibrahimovic and how he will manage being a regular guest given that it is in the middle of a very important phase of the season.
“My anxiety is stronger for the derby than for the Sanremo Festival, really! A message to Ibra? No, no, it’s dangerous! He’s a crazy champion, he scored 8 goals, woe betide him first of a match like this, I risk turning him on. He’s the player I fear the most, I hope we [Inter] beat him, but whatever happens I’ll be happy to welcome him to Sanremo,” he said.
“Anything can happen. Of course, there will be several gags, but I can’t reveal anything. For sure you will see a different champion from the one who scores and exults, an Ibra that you don’t know. We are happy to welcome him, I can’t wait for go down the stairs wearing a tuxedo with his beautiful physicality.
“The champions like him know how to manage themselves. Ibra knows how to organise himself, he will train on the Riviera for the whole week, meticulously as always, the fans rest assured. If he is always the first ad arriving at training and the last to leave means that he has exemplary self-discipline. Will he commute? No, he will go to Milan on Wednesday for the match against Udinese, then he will return to Sanremo and stay with us.”
On the Lukaku-Ibrahimovic altercation, he added: “I have to be careful. We posed for the usual photos, I’m 1.84 metres tall, I usually look at the others from above, but he made me feel small. If we go head to head, I reach my arm. Ibra is not a racist. Only those who have not played football cannot understand the adrenaline that flows at certain moments … they are two fantastic champions.”
On having lunch with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ibra: “All the champions are very attentive to their diet, I get along perfectly with them because I like chicken breasts. Next time, however, I would also like to go to a restaurant with Lukaku.”