TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – AC Milan legend, Alessandro Costacurta, assesses Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s role has decreased with the Rossoneri.
“I don’t think Milan need Ibra anymore,” Costacurta said Italian Football. “I would confirm him for one more season, but Milan no longer depend on him.”
Costacurta, a former defender who is now 55 years old, sees this condition as an improvement for Milan. “This has been a real step forward. The team is mature,” he said.
Alessandro Costacurta. (twitter/@fantacalcio)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to AC Milan in January 2020. He has led Milan on and off the pitch, helping Stefano Pioli build a competitive squad.
The Rossoneri qualified for the Champions League for the first time in eight years last season. At that time, Ibra contributed 15 goals in Serie A.
However, the 40-year-old has been plagued by injuries this season. He made just 19 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals including eight in Serie A. He had been sidelined since late January due to injury and is still training separately from the rest of the team.
His contract at Milan expires at the end of this season. Previously, Ibra stated that he did not want to retire because he still had ambitions to be realized.
“I will not stop until I win something with this AC Milan team,” he said, as reported by Italian Football.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will turn 41 in October 2022. He still feels capable of competing.
“My future is football, my world is football,” he said. “I’m disappointed that I can’t play at the moment, it hurts a lot for me, especially when the team is in good form.
“I want to be there and help the team, we’ve done great things since I arrived and now we’re only missing one element: trophies,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic.