Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

17.45 8 Jul 2020


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that Milan could be celebrating a first Serie A title win in nine years if he had returned to the club sooner.

The shy and retiring Swedish striker began a loan deal with Italian football's sleeping giant in January and while only 15 months away from his 40th birthday, he has made a big impact.

He scored the first goal for Milan as they came back from 2-0 down to beat league leaders Juventus 4-2 and he was in flying form during his post-match interview.

"I'm old. That's no secret! Age is just a number," Ibrahimovic told DAZN.

"I am working well, getting a good balance. I played more today than the last game. I feel good, to be honest, and I am trying to help the team in every way."

Ibrahimovic has scored five goals and notched three assists in his 11 Serie A appearances this season.

His only regret is that he did not return to the San Siro sooner.

"I am president, player and coach!" joked Ibrahimovic.

"The only negative is that I only get paid for being a player! If I had been here from the first day of the season, then we would've won the Scudetto."

Whether he remains with the Rossoneri for next season is another matter.

The former Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United forward was keeping supporters guessing with regard to his future.

"We'll see, we'll see," replied Ibrahimovic when asked if he might stay for another term.

"There is a month still to enjoy myself, but there is a strange situation going on, and we are not in control of that.

"I don't know if the fans have seen me live for the last time. It could well be, yes. Why? Read between the lines ... It's strange playing behind closed doors.

"If San Siro had been a full house, it would've been wonderful tonight.

"I am really enjoying myself at Milan, as I went to America, I got injured, I wanted to feel alive. I'm 38 years old. I don't have the physique that I had, but I am smart about it.

"I don't try to do the same things I did when I was 20.

"If I don't make the difference, then I don't like that. I am not here to be a mascot. I am here to help my teammates, club and fans."


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