Ibra’s favourite city is Milan
According to online sportsbook news, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s signature is being chased by his former club AC Milan – a side that he spent two seasons with between 2010 and 2012, helping them clinch one Serie A title.
When asked in interviews as to what his favourite city to live in was over his illustrious career (as he has lived in Malmo, Amsterdam, Turin, Milan, Barcelona, Paris, Manchester and currently Los Angeles), Ibrahimovic stressed unequivocally ‘Milan.’
AC Milan’s sporting director Leonardo highlighted that he’s working on bringing the Swede back to Milan, but Los Angeles Galaxy seem to be unwilling to let go the man they fought so hard to bring to the MLS. Ibrahimovic’s contract with Galaxy runs until the end of the 2019 MLS season, by which time he will be 38 years old.
“Ibrahimovic is very close to Milan, that is a fact,” said Leonardo. “Now is not the moment but it is more than a thought, he has special qualities, is a battler and motivates people on and off the pitch.”
His first season with LAG has been phenomenal so far, as he’s found the back of the net 22 times in only 27 appearances, therefore showing no signs of slowing down. Based on his great performances, there’s doubt whether the Rossoneri’s hierarchy can pull off the transfer.
Can Ibrahimovic bring AC Milan back to their former glory?
AC Milan last won the Seire A in 2010/11 with a squad that boasted the likes of Ibrahimovic himself, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Alexandre Pato and many other big-name talents. However, since then the Rossoneri have endured a difficult spell, especially since only one year after winning the Scudetto in 2011, many of those aforementioned players have retired from the club or moved on to other sides.
Having fallen out then Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola (a split that has since been well publicised), Ibrahimovic decided for a switch to San Siro in the summer of 2010, per online sportsbooks in Italy. But the thing was that before he spent a sole season with the Catalan giants, the imposing Swede played for AC Milan’s cross-town, fierce rivals Inter Milan for three years.
In biographical book ‘I Am Zlatan’ he chronicles how the reception of the AC Milan ultras (the most vocal supporters) remained in the back of his head as he decided to sign for the red side of Milan. Despite facing this challenge, Ibrahimovic quickly won the hearts of the ultras as he brought them the first league title since 2004, while scoring 21 goals across all competitions in his maiden season.
The following campaign the 1.95 cm striker bagged an incredible 28 goals in 32 Serie A appearances, while netting 35 overall, at the age of 31 – this demonstrated that the older he gets the better his numbers actually are, and he even managed to greatly surpass these figures during his subsequent four years with PSG. However, the 2011/12 season didn’t bear any fruit for AC Milan as they missed out any major silverware; they only managed to win the Supercoppa Italiana at the start of the season, but that’s considered a rather insignificant trophy.