AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed any suggestion that he is on the verge of retirement, insisting that he is “just warming up”.
The reassurance comes despite entering the last month of his contract with AC Milan.
The 38-year-old, in a short video posted on Instagram, said;
So you think that I’m done, that my career will soon be over? You don’t know me. All my life I had to fight. No-one believed in me, so I had to believe in myself. Some people wanted to break me, but they only made me stronger. Others wanted to exploit me, they only made me smarter.
But now you think I’m done? To all of you, I only have one thing to say. I’m not like you because I’m not you. I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic and I am just warming up.
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The Swede has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 21 years, with successful spells taken in at Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic rejoined Milan in January from Los Angeles Galaxy on a six-month contract worth 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million) with the option for an additional season.
He helped the former Italian giant to their last Serie A title in 2011, and has had a big impact since his return with the club moving up from 11th to sixth on the table.
The striker has scored seven goals in 16 league games with two left to play.
Few days ago, Ibrahimovic’s coach Stefano Pioli, praised him for the club’s return to form as they extended their unbeaten run to ten games with a 1-1 draw against second-placed Atalanta on Friday.
The contribution that Ibrahimovic has given to the growth of the team is evident. I hope to be able to work with him again but there are many things that must be put on the table. There’s no doubt that he is still well and can still be a driving force and can carry on, but it depends on many different things.