Pioli discusses the future of Ibrahimovic: “I hope it’s not the end”

By Isak Möller -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could decide to retire at the end of the season, not just because of his age but also because Milan might win the Scudetto. It could be the perfect timing for him to say goodbye, in other words. 

The Swede has struggled with a lot of injuries this season but he has still been a very important player for Milan, both on and off the pitch. Tomorrow, he could play his final game at San Siro as the Rossoneri will host Atalanta in the penultimate round.

During today’s press conference, which you can read in full here, Stefano Pioli was asked about the future of Ibrahimovic and what he means to the team. He stated that he hopes it’s not the end of the 40-year-old.

Is tomorrow the last dance for Ibra?

“No, I don’t think so. There are two games to go. Last at San Siro? I hope not, he’s a champion with a capital C. I’m not only referring to the technical aspect. I have esteem for him that is immeasurable. I hope it’s not the end, but Zlatan has the intelligence to decide his future.”

It remains to be seen what decision Ibrahimovic will make at the end of the season. Given his injury struggles, and the fact that Milan could clinch the Scudetto, the feeling is that he will say goodbye in the summer.

Tags AC Milan Stefano Pioli Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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  1. I want to believe that he’s got one more season in him. After that, whatever happens, that’s okay. Just one more season with milan playing another ucl. It’s too much pain to miss that.

  2. I don’t think he will retire. But all the articles are only pushing him to stay so keep it up as much as possiblew, he is that kind of a person which is why he has had a career like this and he is here at this age. I would rather have 1/4 of Ibrahimović than Giroud.

  3. From Ibra latest interviews I get the sense that he will retire. His body can’t do it anymore, and even though he has that Lion mentality I think he realizes it’s over. Even if Milan just bring Origi, Ibra will be 3rd choice striker and players with his mentality don’t accept that.
    Winning the title will be the best time to leave, on top.
    I hope he stays in the club in some directorial role where he can still be of influence to the players.

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