AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given another interesting interview during which he spoke on Gianluigi Donnarumma’s imminent exit and a number of other interesting topics.
At this moment Ibrahimovic should have been at the retreat with Sweden to prepare for the European Championships which will start in a week, but unfortunately a knee injury forced the 39-year-old to forfeit.
Nonetheless, Ibra is on the road to recovery and hopes to play an important part in Milan’s 2021-22 season having signed a new one-year deal off the back of a campaign with 15 league goals in just 19 games.
Interviewed by the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Swede talks about a number of different topics, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
“Am I disappointed by the injury that deprived me of the Euros? More disappointed for Milan, because I missed so many matches. I would have liked to help more. I’m someone who normally plays 50 games a year. Maybe I should be more realistic, ask my body for less, but I can’t. Then, of course, I’m also disappointed for the European Championship, but to rejoin a competition when I’m not at the one hundred percent would not be like me. I prefer to stay out and cheer for Sweden,” he said.
In the season that has just ended, injuries certainly played a part for Zlatan who missed well over 30 games due to various muscle problems.
“What made me suffer the most in the season that ended? The injuries, but in any case they have been, since I returned, eighteen fantastic months. Milan are in the Champions League, the fans deserved it. I wanted to win the Scudetto and we were there, in the lead… In recent months the mentality of the team has grown, the collective has grown and so do the individuals.”
Ibra then also commented on the failure of Gigio Donnarumma to renew with Milan: “I am very sorry. You first asked me if the players earn too much, now I ask a question: what value does Donnarumma have? He grew up in Milan, he could have been the goalkeeper of the team for twenty years, maybe twenty not because he is not Ibra (he smiles).
“But he is the strongest in the world. He could have become Mister Milan, like Paolo Maldini. What value could he give to Maldini? There is no measure. Whether Gigio is leaving or not I don’t know. It takes two to tango. I would tell him to stay at Milan until the end.”
On the potential arrival of Olivier Giroud, he added: “The more high-level players we can enter, the better. Giroud has great experience and we don’t have many players who have won trophies. If he comes he is welcome. Also because this is a very helpful group, willing to learn and improve, a well guided work group.”