Ibrahimovic’s future grows more uncertain as Milan management are forced to reflect

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are beginning to reflect internally on the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic given that he continues to miss important games due to persistent injury problems.

The brace of Olivier Giroud in the derby win over Inter on Saturday night meant that the Rossoneri were not exactly left to rue the absence of the Swede, who could also miss a couple more games as he continues to try and shake off tendon inflammation.

Ibrahimovic has 19 appearances in the current season overall with 8 goals on the scoresheet, but reports that Milan will make assessments in the coming months about his future, given he will turn 41 later this year. The qualities and personality of the Swede are not in question, but it is the physical integrity of the player makes the management reflect.

The salary of €7m net per season (part fixed part bonuses) will weigh on the analysis of Milan, who are looking for a young profile on the market to modernise Pioli’s attacking department. The next few months will be decisive, with some sort of a turning point needed.

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  1. He expressed a wish to win Scudetto with Milan and to play in Qatar but, his body is failing him more and more.

    Everyone knows he wants to play but we may be at the point where he needs to admit (to himself first) that it is time to think about a more backseat role in the team, maybe even a coaching position or, why not, a management position.

    1. He can still win the scudetto this season if he admits to himself that he can’t play forever. He should accept what the Altafini said and come in in the last 25-30mins of the game.

      No one can take away what he has achieved or what he gave to this group of young guns. His impact on the team cannot be denied. But the team must be weaned from him, as you wean a growing child from the mother’s breast.

      Ibra should take a pay cut and be second choice, while pouring his wisdom info Lazetic and Roback, and other youngsters.

      He can join the backroom staff after this season, or go earn some more coins in Qatar and come back to Milan later on for a role in the background.

      It’s best to bow out when the ovation is loudest.

    2. Hard to see him in a coaching position or management straight off at Milan. Are we going to fire Pioli just to give Ibrahimovic the job (and with no coaching experience)? Ludicrous. As to management, what role? Given his personality he probably would not accept anything less than a Maldini-type role (just like Maldini did) and that would also create problems. If he wants to continue, renew at like 2m base plus 2m bonus depending on appearances, etc., for one more year and in 2023 finally cut him loose if he doesn’t retire.

      Also, he may very well retire if Sweden doesn’t make the WC as that seems to be his major motivating factor at the moment.

  2. We have Giroud. Enough for an experienced and champion player. Don’t extend Ibra unless he is willing to cut his salary. But get another main striker like Belloti.

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