The future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to be decided, with AC Milan seemingly keen on renewing his contract. However, the Coronavirus outbreak has brought everything to a halt, also delaying the striker’s decision.
Saturday’s edition of Corriere Della Sera suggests that the Rossoneri might have to wait a bit longer, as Ibrahimovic wants to know more about the project before saying yes. If it doesn’t convince him, then he won’t stay at the club.
However, it has become clear that Milan want to lock down Ibrahimovic for one more season, ready to bet on his skill once again. Therefore, CEO Ivan Gazidis will most likely do everything he can to convince the 38-year-old.
In an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport ( via MilanNews.it), former Milan striker Alberto Gilardino was asked about the matter. The 37-year-old even gave the Rossoneri a mercato suggestion to replace the Swedish international.
“It’s extraordinary, he has shocked Milan back to life. In January, I was sure of the impact he would have in the locker room, but not on the pitch. Instead, he has surprised me and I would keep him for next season as well.
“Should they not continue with Ibrahimovic, I would take Dzeko. He’s one of the most complete strikers out there. Right, left, very strong on the head and he builds attacks. Maybe he wouldn’t score as much, but the manoeuvre would benefit,” he concluded.
Although the Bosnian is a capable striker indeed, Milan are preparing for a youth revolution and signing a 34-year-old player wouldn’t be in line with this. Of course, Ibrahimovic remains the only exception, given his ties with the club.
In the meantime, the Swede continues to train with Hammarby back in Stockholm, working to stay in good shape in case the season is resumed. Once the training dates are official, then Ibrahimovic will return to Italy. Speaking to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ibrahimovic confirmed this.
“For me, it’s better to stay here and train with Hammarby until we know any official updates. Sometimes you have more strength, sometimes less, that’s why I’m training. As long as I can do it, I will have a small advantage over my teammates,” he stated.
When the Coronavirus emergency is over, a face-to-face between Gazidis and Ibrahimovic is expected to discuss the future. This meeting will be crucial for the renewal, as the project will be outlined and explained in detail.