Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly decided to leave AC Milan at the end of the season to devote to managerial career, reports in England say
Milan’s decision to part with former Chief Football Officer Zvonimir Boban has left Ibrahimovic fuming, as he now considers the prospect of hanging his boots to kick-start a managerial career.
Zlatan returned to the San Siro in January mainly thanks to Zvonimir Boban, who played a pivotal role in convincing the 38-year-old to choose the Rossoneri between many destinations.
Since coming back from the United States, the ex-Sweden international has scored three goals and provided an assist in eight Serie A appearances to help Milan climb to seventh.
But, Champions League qualification seems a rather daunting prospect, as Stefano Pioli’s men trail fourth-placed Atalanta by 12 points, which also doesn’t suit Zlatan, who always wanted to perform at the highest level.
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The virus has now been put into quarantine for the next 14 days. pic.twitter.com/3IwXbdAyVt
As reported by the Daily Mirror, Ibrahimovic will not exercise an option to extend his deal with Milan for another season and will instead try his luck as a manager.
After refusing to inform Ivan Gazidis about their meeting with former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick, Paolo Maldini and Boban forced the ex-Arsenal CEO’s hand.
Although Maldini remained at the club, the Croat has been relieved of his duties as a punishment for going behind Gazidis’ back, which has not been received well by Ibra.
The coronavirus outbreak in Europe that has halted almost every single football league seems to have accelerated the Swedish’s desire to put an end to his illustrious career.
During his trophy-laden career, the eccentric forward won 33 trophies, including the Serie A during his first stint with Milan and is widely regarded as one of the best strikers ever to grace the game.