Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has renewed his contract for a year at AC Milan, despite facing the prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation after knee surgery.
The Sweden striker, who turns 41 in October, scored eight league goals last season as the Rossoneri beat rivals Inter Milan to the Serie A title. Soon after winning the title, The 40-year-old had a procedure on his left knee to repair damage and instability caused by a previous anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The forward informed fans of his knee surgery in May via Instagram, “For the past six months I played without an ACL in my left knee. Swollen knee for six months. I was only able to train with the team 10 times in the last six months. Took more than 20 injections in six months. Emptied the knee once a week for six months. Painkillers every day for six months. Barely slept for six months because of the pain. Never suffered so much on and off the pitch. I made something impossible to something possible. In my mind I had only one objective, to make my teammates and coach champions of Italy because I made them a promise. Today I have a new ACL and another trophy.”
Zlatan is expected to be back in eight months, so is unlikely to be fully fit until halfway through the 2022-23 campaign.
Ibrahimovic’s deal will net him around one million euros in fixed salary, with large bonuses linked to appearances and achievements.
“AC Milan is pleased to announce the renewal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract until June 30, 2023, The Swedish forward will continue to wear the number 11 shirt,” a club statement said.
Responding to the club statement, Ibrahimovic wrote on his Instagram page, “The never-ending Zlatan #ReadyToLeaveAMark”.