AC Milan may not have Zlatan Ibrahimovic out there on the field, but he continues to make his presence felt among a young squad.
La Gazzetta dello Sport write that Milan have long since learned to walk on their own legs since Ibrahimovic’s return to the club having managed to channel the belief and mentality that he helped impart in situations where he is not able to be on the field himself.
A return to the Champions League was the first target, and the second goal was the Scudetto. Of course, there are the likes of Kjaer, Florenzi and Giroud who can pass on their experience but there is something different about the charisma of Zlatan.
He assisted Pioli – with discretion and respect for roles – in the management of the squad. He created enthusiasm and awareness with his mere presence, but he is not done yet. After knee surgery and at almost 41 years old, Ibra’s next target is to be available for the round of 16 of the Champions League.
The stages of rehabilitation continue and the latest check-ups were positive, with everything proceeding as planned and the Swede now permanently working at Milanello.
Zlatan has already had the opportunity to ‘welcome’ the new signings and he participates in the same group activities such as eating with the team or meetings with coaches. Now, he is itching to contribute out on the grass too, which will come in January 2023.