Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to Europe after an 18-month absence after agreeing to re-sign for the Serie A outfit AC Milan
Ever since his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy expired in December, the 38-year-old striker has been approached by several major European clubs, including Everton, Manchester United, and Napoli.
However, the former Sweden international has rejoined the fallen Serie A giants AC Milan, with whom he lifted the league trophy back in 2011.
Ibrahimovic’s first statement since coming back to Italy said: “I’m coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love. I’ll fight together with my teammates to change the course of this season. I will do everything to make it happen.”
A dismal first half of the season has seen the Rossoneri pick up just six wins in 17 league fixtures, which currently puts them 14 points adrift of fourth-placed AS Roma.
Well aware that they need a miracle worker to roar back in the contention for a top-four finish, Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban have turned to the natural-born leader and a proven hitman.
In spite of his age, ‘Ibracadabra’ is one of the most lethal strikers in the modern era, and his experience and goalscoring instinct will hand Milan a huge boost in their pursuit of a top-four finish.
In his final season in the Major League Soccer, Ibra racked up 31 goals and eight assists in 31 outings, and that’s the kind of output the Rossoneri fans are hopeful could help their side return to the Serie A elite.