Zlatan Ibrahimovic is working hard to recover from the Achilles inflammation which has held him on the sidelines for three games now, with the fourth expected today. However, he’s confident about his return.
The Swede, just like last season, has suffered quite a few injuries but he has still managed 19 appearances for the Rossoneri, with eight goals scored. Having him back as soon as possible will thus be a boost for Stefano Pioli and his men.
In his absences, Olivier Giroud has done a tremendous job and Milan have been able to proceed with the recovery with caution. Speaking to Radio 105 (via Calciomercato.com), Ibrahimovic stated that he will be back very soon.
On his condition…
“If I will be back soon? That’s for sure. These are very difficult situations. In my career, I haven’t had many injuries, but in recent years I have stopped often. However, it’s Ibra who will decide when to stop. Many continue to call me finished, but they energise me.”
On Serie A…
“This league seems balanced to me. Whoever is stronger from February-March, will win, also because now the European matches for the others begin. When I arrived, Serie A was different, it was full of superstars, while today it’s more focus on a collective. Should I win with this team, it would give me more satisfaction than [the Scudetto] ten years ago.”
“I love him too much. When I was in Barcelona I wasn’t happy and I didn’t have adrenaline. Adriano called me and said: ‘This time you are going back to Italy and playing for Milan’. He came to my house and told me ‘I won’t leave until you accept.
“He’s a gentleman, with him and Berlusconi I was happy again. In the end, things went well and we won. When I left, I was very angry with him, we didn’t speak for eight months. I said: ‘You sell the whole team, but not Ibra’. He promised not to sell me…”
On his return to Europe…
“I didn’t have to go back. I went to America because I came from a serious injury and it went very well there. Mino manipulated me (laughs) and convinced me to come here, it wasn’t planned. In Europe, everything was at a standstill, the Zlatan earthquake was needed.”
The 40-year-old also commented on the future, with various rumours floating around, and he made it clear that his focus is on playing football. He also left with a promise for the Milan fans regarding his return to the pitch.
“I have faith in everything I’m doing. How far I will go, I can’t tell, but I always try to go beyond the limit. Why be normal when you can be stronger? For the future, we will see. I’m curious about certain things: for example, to become an actor… Something that gives me adrenaline.
“However, nothing will be like football. I will have to make a difference. I have many projects, but now my focus is being a footballer. When I return I will knock the whole stadium down” he concluded.