Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dropped a big hint that he sees his future with AC Milan beyond the end of the season as he spoke live at an event.
There is a lot of doubt surrounding the future of Ibrahimovic given that he is now 40 years of age, but he is proving to still be decisive on the field with 8 goals this season in 15 appearances, leading to suggestions he will be offered a contract extensions.
However, he has been out since last month with Achilles tendon pain that he sustained during the 0-0 draw against Juventus, which is the latest injury problem that suggests not even Zlatan is immune from the injuries that age brings.
Ibrahimovic spoke at a presentation event of his NFTs, taken from his book ‘Adrenalina – My untold stories’ involving a selection of eleven artists from Milan that paid homage to the Swede, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
“My future is football, my world is football. I’m sorry if I can’t play for the moment, and this gives me a lot of pain, especially now that the team is doing well, even if less well in the last two games,” he said.
“I want to be there and help the team, since I arrived here we have been doing great things and now there is only one thing missing: winning trophies. We are fighting and working for this, I won’t give up until I win with this team.”
On how to motivate yourself: “Without sacrifice, without giving everything, you can’t get anywhere. I made this book to send a message and say that everything is possible. Everything I did was not right, then I had a different situation in Sweden, but at first I didn’t feel welcome, I didn’t feel strong and good enough for what I was doing.
“I believed in myself because I had too much faith (laughs), and this is a message for everyone: it doesn’t matter who you are and give where do you arrive, if you want to reach your goal.”
On NFTs: “NFTs are new to me, I want to thank all artists for their work. Art is a message, it has its values and it’s a pleasure; it depends on how you want to use it, then there are others types of art. I’m proud because it is a new experience and a new project, they have made hype in this time but we are inside.”
On the book: “I decided to write this book because in my life there are so many things to say, so I made a book to remind me of everything that happened (laughs). I wanted to share my life with everyone, so to get to know the person and not just the player.
“Italy is like my second home, I wanted to give Italy something back and I chose the book. I chose to say everything without hiding something, even if something is missing because I don’t remember them.”