Criscitiello: Ibrahimovic wants Conte to replace Pioli but ‘the right conditions’ must be created

By Euan Burns -

Italian journalist Domenico Criscitiello believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keen for Antonio Conte to replace Stefano Pioli at AC Milan, but an attractive proposition needs to be made.

Writing for Sportitalia, Criscitiello attempted to interpret Gerry Cardinale’s latest comments from the Business of Football event.

One person that Cardinale spoke a lot about is Ibrahimovic, who is enjoying life in his new advisory role between Milan and RedBird Capital Group. It has become clear that Ibrahimovic is Cardinale’s man on the ground in Milan.

The Swedish former striker is holding a lot more power than many expected him to, and for that reason he will surely have some sway over who will replace Pioli, be that this summer or the next.

Criscitiello claims that Ibrahimovic wants former Juventus and Inter coach Conte to take the role, presumably to ensure that Milan win Serie A as soon as possible.

He does say, though, that Ibrahimovic will need to create the right economic and technical environment for Conte, a coach who is not afraid to walk away from a job where he feels he is not being sufficiently supported by the ownership.

“Ibra is the new [Paolo] Maldini, however, I like him as a person. He is not an image man but Ibra represents the ownership and will have decision-making power on the choice of the new coach. Ibra wants Conte but he has to build the technical and economic conditions,” Criscitiello wrote in his interpretation of Cardinale’s words.

Tags AC Milan Antonio Conte Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. its more like Criscitiello is acting as Conte’s PR for months now because none of Bayern Barca Man Utd or even Chelsea has ever approached him lmao

  2. The entire idea of Conte joining Milan seems unrealistic. Unless he changes his ideas/mentality, his desires and demands are incompatible with the club’s working strategy. I just can’t see this happening and if it does, it will not end well after the initial honeymoon period.

  3. I’ll support whoever is coach at milan if they join us but conte is a horrible choice and quite frankly if he is hired i’ll question how well ibra actually is qualified for the job at the club. Conte doesnt fit the current setup of the club, will be demanding big salary, expensive players and if he doesnt get what he wants he is bound to blow a gasket and leave in a tantrum of anger.
    Just because ibra was a great player doesnt mean he will do great in other areas, just look at who he recommended us buying in roback that hasnt even been able to get many minutes on loans to either denmark and sweden, The danes also had a buy option on that player but didnt want to exercise it and cut the loan short which also happened in sweden.

  4. Why keep publishing this same dumb story put out by Conte’s people where they claim to know what Ibra wants even tho he has said nothing like this.

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