Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to Milan for his second stint with the club.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic became a free agent after deciding to leave LA Galaxy at the end of their MLS campaign in October.
He played for Milan from 2010 to 2012. He won the Scudetto and Supercoppa Italiana during his time at San Siro.
The 38-year-old striker has now agreed to a six-month deal with the Rossoneri last Friday. The deal also has an option to extend it for another year.
Upon completing his medical today, Ibrahimovic is expected to sign his contract and head to Milanello to meet coach Stefano Pioli and his new team-mates.
Ibrahimovic told Milan TV: “I remember arriving in this same spot many years ago. What matters now is that I’m back and I’m happy. I’ve always said this is my home and I’m finally back. I’ve played for other teams in my years, but finally, I’m back and that’s all that matters.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the airport to catch a glimpse of the star striker. Ibrahimovic gave them a message: “I’m back, finally. I’m eager to see the fans at San Siro, to make the stadium jump with joy again.”
Stefano Pioli’s Milan went into the mid-season break languishing at 11th position in the league table. They suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat against Atalanta which equalled the club’s worst league defeat in 21 years.
Fabio Capello led Milan to four Scudetti and Champions League success during a defining five-year spell at San Siro in the 1990s. He has no doubt that the Ibrahimovic move is a positive one.
Capello told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Zlatan’s return to Milan is positive in two respects: for what he can still offer as a player and for the contribution of personality.”
“The stories of the poor US championship are bleak. It is not at the level of the best European leagues. Ibrahimovic will need a few games to settle, but then he will become decisive. Milan have little personality. Zlatan will shake the team.
However, the transfer window cannot end here. We need a reinforcement in defence. “
“I don’t know him [Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo] very well, but he’s 20 years old, he’s from the French school and has already made his debut in the Champions League with Barcelona. It’s a good CV, even if the last word is always what is shown on the pitch.
It is not always easy to adapt to our league; I expected something more from [Aaron] Ramsey and [Adrien] Rabiot, for example.”
If everything goes according to the plan, Ibrahimovic will be available from the match against Sampdoria on Monday.
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