GdS: ‘Now Ibra’s return is ever closer’ – talks continue over Zlatan’s Milan comeback

By Oliver Fisher -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to AC Milan appears to be moving closer with all of the management in agreement that he should come back to the club, a report claims.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) speaks about Gerry Cardinale’s return to Milano when his presence is expected for the return Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain.

This could be the right time for a new meeting with Ibrahimovic after the discussions in mid-September, when Cardinale and the former striker met two days in a row, at Milanello on the eve of the Newcastle game and at a hotel in the centre of Milan on the day of the match.

From then to today, the contacts between the ownership and Zlatan have remained alive, very alive. Ibra has also spoken about the possible return with the CEO Giorgio Furlani and the reflections are ongoing, even if those who know the Swede speak of an intrigued Ibra.

Ibrahimovic back at Milanello – perhaps as a collaborator of Pioli – in close daily contact with the team, would make everyone happy: the coach, who with Zlatan has forged a decisive axis to bring Milan back to success in Italy, and Ibrahimovic himself, involved in a project that would see him operational.

With Zlatan alongside him in the dressing room, Pioli would find the inimitable leadership (in his words) of a champion who until a few months ago set an example for his team-mates.

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  1. …and people think this is quite flattering for a club like AC Milan? To have a coach who needs someone else to motivate his players?

    Imagine Real Madrid having problems and then the management saying they need to bring back C. Ronaldo, or Benzema, or Zidane, or Figo or Raul, or even Sergio Ramos to help Carlo Ancelotti to ‘inspire’ the players…

    Imagine Bayern Munich in the same scenario, and the management needs to bring a former Giovani Eber, or Stefan Effenberg, etc. to help the coach?

    This whole Ibra idea is a joke. Should legends be around the team in some capacity? Of course. But in the present scenario with Pioli, it’s a sign of mental weakness. The players will never respect him and the situation will deteriorate faster, because they know who the real boss is.

    1. Took the words right out of my mouth. It’s exactly why I don’t want Ibra to come back and it has nothing to do with helping the team or having legends around. But this makes Pioli look weak and soft and that he can’t handle situations on his own. Like you said players aren’t going to respect that. I. Pretty sure ppl would be eventually calling for Ibra to coach the team with zero coaching experience

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