Pellegatti: Ibrahimovic may stay at Milan with Rangnick – the German is learning Italian intensively

By Oliver Fisher -

The chances of Zlatan Ibrahimovic remaining at AC Milan are increasing, a journalist has claimed, while Ralf Rangnick is continuing to learn Italian.

According to what Carlo Pellegatti has revealed in his column for Calciomercato.com, the chances that Ibrahimovic will continue his adventure in Italian football are increasing, at least that is the word from Sweden.

He adds that the favourite to take over as head coach from Stefano Pioli is Ralf Rangnick, who has been studying Italian five  hours a day for the last four weeks, and not as a hobby.

This should spell bad news for Ibrahimovic as Rangnick tends to prefer a youthful squad, as seen by the average ages of his squads: 22.7 at Hoffenheim to 24.7 at Schalke.

However it should also be remembered that during his time in Gelsenkirchen it was Raul – who was 33 years old – and Metzelder who was 31 that were influential in helping them go deep in Europe, so Rangnick may wish to keep experience around.

It will mainly depend on Ivan Gazidis’ conversation with the 38-year-old, in which the Milan CEO will illustrate the future plans of the club, will Ibra make his decision.

Pellegatti adds that the rumours of a bad relationship between Gazidis and Zlatan is a myth, and in fact relations are neither bad nor good, because in recent months Ibrahimovic has spoken mainly with Boban and Maldini and rarely with Gazidis.

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