MILAN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic extended his contract with AC Milan until next year which sees him turn 40 years old.
The Swedish striker, who will turn 40 this October, has been seen as the trigger for Milan’s rise to the Serie A title since his return in January last year.
“AC Milan is the club where Zlatan plays most often in Italy. After scoring 84 goals in 130 appearances for the Rossoneri, the Swedish striker will continue to wear the red and black jersey next season,” Milan said in a statement.
Ibrahimovic reportedly signed a deal worth 6.5 million euros.
After helping Milan lift their last Serie A trophy in 2011, Ibrahimovic is expected to return to the top flight with the club returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.
“I feel very happy. I’ve been waiting a long time for today and now that I have another year, that’s the most important thing for me.
“I often say, playing for Milan is like being at home. I love the way this club treats me, everyone who works here, my friends, the coaches, as well as the fans I miss at the stadium.
“It’s like my own home. If I can continue to stay here, I’m willing,” Ibrahimovic said.
Ibrahimovic started his career at Malmo in 1999, then moved to Ajax, Juventus, both Milan clubs, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Usually a career that lasts only belongs to the goalkeeper or defender, it is rare for a striker to go through it except for Roma legend Francesco Totti.