Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has revealed that he is not considering retirement from football at this stage of his career.
Currently 41, Zlatan was keen on playing Milan’s last game of the season against Verona but it is highly unlikely that he features at the weekend because of a muscle injury he sustained in April. He has been linked with a move to Monza, who have held talks over signing him.
Despite speculation surrounding potential retirement, Zlatan recently spoke to the Stile supplement of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via CM) and revealed that he isn’t thinking about bidding adieu to the sport.
He stated: “I’m not one to give up . But there must also be joy in what you do, I can’t help but have peace in what I can do as number 1, playing football. But we’re not there yet. I think I still have something to give. If I think about quitting? I don’t think so. If I have to continue playing? I think so. But I have to find balance like in life. If you don’t have serenity, stability, you’re a bomb and the bombs explode.”
He has had a fair amount of fitness worries in recent months and had missed the first half of the campaign due to a knee injury which he had sustained at the end of last season. He did score once for Milan but ended up getting injured in warm-up before the game against Lecce.
He spoke about his fitness worries and said: “I’m fine, I’m fine. I’ve worked a lot, I’ve forced a lot, not only this year also last year. But when I was knocked out, the team needed me. And when you’ve done one thing all your life, when you know what you have to do but you can’t do it, then you continue. I won’t give myself peace. I haven’t found the balance. When everything comes, everything comes immediately. This thought is spinning in my head. My head is too strong, I feel like Superman every time I come back, but I have to have balance.”
Since his return to Milan, Ibra has scored 37 times in all competitions for the Rossoneri and played a role in their Scudetto win.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN