Furlani says Ibrahimovic’s return ‘underlines our commitment to future success’

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan CEO Giorgio Furlani has explained what the hiring of Zlatan Ibrahimovic says about the current ownership’s attitude towards delivering success for the fans.

Speaking to the Financial Times (via Milan News), Furlani explained that by hiring someone like Ibrahimovic to have a say in the running of the club, people can see that there is a commitment to bringing more success down the line.

“Bringing a leader like Ibra as a consultant for the AC Milan management team underlines our commitment to the future success of our club,” Furlani said.

Ibrahimovic has just been hired by RedBird Capital Group to be an operational partner and in turn, has become a Senior Advisor to AC Milan.

This brings to an end months of speculation about what role the Swedish former striker would play should he come back to Casa Milan.

There were seemingly endless meetings between Gerry Cardinale and Ibrahimovic to determine a role and announcement date, and it is a move that Stefano Pioli is said to be on board with.

Tags AC Milan Giorgio Furlani Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. “Bringing a leader like Ibra as a consultant for the AC Milan management team underlines our commitment to the future success of our club.”

    I’m so dead haha this is really idiocracy, he says that so confidently like he would say “wearing underwear underlines our commitment to the future success of our club”.

  2. Furlani probably pushed for this to go through more than anyone, because he has zero sporting knowledge or presence. Hoping Ibra’s presence steadies the ship.

    What no one is saying is that by signing Ibra, Cardinale is indirectly admitting to making a mistake by letting Maldini go. Look, if you take Maldini’s name aside, he was an average director. He made good moves and questionable moves. But what was critical was his presence in the locker room for the development of players.

    Now realizing that it is a missing element, Gerry bring Ibra back to fill that void, but without the confrontations that come with Maldini. Ibra is definitely not a yes man and can hopefully present uncomfortable truths to anyone who needs it, including Pioli, Furlani and Gerry himself.

    Let’s see if he can instill the fear or IbraGod in at Milanello.

    1. Definitely a different reading of the events than some fans, but yeah let’s look under every rock for hope. But Zlatan won’t have the same role as Maldini. He won’t be in touch with the players, unless we lose a game and Jerry sends his media mascot to Milanello. Zlatan has always been a good businessman, shaped by Mino Raiola, he probably just saw the opportunity to enter the Wall Street club here with the idiots in full YOLO mode.

    2. I am sure those who gave Maldini the best European Director award for 2022 will not agree with your assessment of him being “an average director”.
      Maldini was arguably a very successful director by any metric. Changing the status (from midgtable to protagonist) of a giant club is nothing short of an incredible achievement, something that only under a very good director could be achieved.

      1. He’s definitely an underrated director (don’t mind the comments on this site from ppl that probably either never been in professional sport or high enough on a corporate scale). I’m not sure I can say Great but the pros definitely far far out weigh the cons. I also do t believe alot of ppl here have been through the banter era. Compared to then vs Maldini era, I’d take Maldini era anyday

  3. Furlani just dreaming AC Milan can never return to it’s normal status unless u all bring back maldini and sack that idiot pioli

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