Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract extension with AC Milan.
The contract, which Goal understands to be worth around €6 million (£5m/$7m) a year plus €1m in additional bonuses, was confirmed by the Serie A side on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic has been one of Milan’s top performers during the 2020-21 campaign and seemingly still has plenty to offer, despite the fact he will turn 40 later this year.
What are the details?
The Sweden international has extended his stay with Milan for another season, with Ibrahimovic having been with the Rossoneri since joining them in December 2019 on a free transfer.
“AC Milan has announced that the Club has extended Zlatan Ibrahimović’s contract,” a statement on the club’s website read.
“AC Milan is the Club for which Zlatan has played the most in Italy. After scoring 84 goals in 130 appearances with the Rossoneri, the Swedish striker will continue to be wearing the red and black jersey next season.”
How has Ibrahimovic performed since joining Milan?
Ibrahimovic initially only arrived a six-month contract when he signed for Milan in 2019 although his performances in that short period – that saw him score 10 goals in 18 league games – convinced the club to offer him an extension.
That was due to expire at the end of the current season although the 39-year-old has continued to impress for the Rossoneri, scoring 15 goals in just 17 Serie A games in what has been an injury-disrupted campaign.
Speaking back in March, Ibrahimovic explained how he hoped he could remain at San Siro, despite negotiations over an extension having dragged. He told Rai Play: “Let’s see [about a renewal].
“If [Milan technical director] Paolo [Maldini] wants, I am up for it. When I spend a day without them [my team-mates], it’s like one without my children.”
What next for Zlatan & Milan?
Ibrahimovic has missed Milan’s last two matches, owing to suspension and injury, but could return for the Serie A meeting with Lazio on April 26.
Without their legendary forward, the Rossoneri suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Sassuolo last time out as they failed to take the chance to close the gap to league leaders Inter.
Antonio Conte’s side are 10 points clear at the summit with just six games remaining and are set to finally break Juventus’s dominance of Serie A.
Ibrahimovic may not be able to help Milan win the title from here although he is set to appear on the international stage with Sweden at the European Championship in the summer, having recently come out of retirement.
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