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Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan future remains uncertain as Pioli calls for striker to remain with club

The imposing striker is still impressing at 39 years old, but retirement is possible given his advanced age AC Milan would love to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back next season, but they don't yet know whether the prodigious goalscorer wants to keep playing. Ibrahimovic has scored 15 times in all competitions this campaign after almost retiring over the summer. His brace Sunday helped Milan to a 4-0 win over Crotone. After the game, manager Stefano Pioli said he appreciates all of the qualities Ibrahimovic brings to his side, from attacking firepower to emotional leadership. Pioli, though, admitted his striker was "tired" by another hard-fought year.
Tomori praised by AC Milan boss Pioli after baptism of fire against Inter
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Tomori praised by AC Milan boss Pioli after baptism of fire against Inter

The 23-year-old was thrust into the thick of the action just four days after completing his move to San Siro from Chelsea Fikayo Tomori impressed AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli in his debut for the Serie A giants, despite ending up on the losing side of a full-blooded derby clash with Inter. Just four days after completing his move from Chelsea, Tomori was given a baptism of fire as he stepped into a Coppa Italia quarter-final which will live long in the memory at San Siro. After coming off the bench for the injured Simon Kjaer, Tomori saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic open the scoring before clashing with Romelu  
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‘Don’t joke with that one’ – Pogba defends Ibrahimovic against racism allegations

The Manchester United midfielder has jumped to support the Swede following his confrontation with Romelu Lukaku in the Milan derby on Tuesday Paul Pogba has defended his former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic against accusations of racism following the Swedish forward's clash with Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday. Ibrahimovic and Lukaku were involved in a heated confrontation on the pitch during AC Milan's Coppa Italia quarter-final against their city rivals, which Inter eventually won 2-1. The Swede scored the opener in the match before he was sent off in the second half for a second yellow card. Lukaku netted the equaliser for Inter and the match was capped off by a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Christian Eriksen.  
Raiola joins Ibrahimovic’s crusade over FIFA 21 player rights
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Raiola joins Ibrahimovic’s crusade over FIFA 21 player rights

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has backed his client's calls for legal action to be taken against the video game developer Mino Raiola has taken aim at EA Sports over player image rights in FIFA 21, insisting that too many stars are open to exploitation. AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic caused a stir on social media at the start of the week as he called out FIFA and EA Sports for failing to ask for his permission before including his name and likeness in the latest version of their annual football video game. Tottenham winger Gareth Bale offered his support to Ibrahimovic by starting the hashtag "#TimeToInvestigate", with FIFPro subsequently coming out to defend their policies in a lengthy statement.
Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start
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Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start

  Zlatan Ibrahimoavic was taken off after an hour as Milan slumped to their first defeat of the season, with Yusuf Yazici starring at San Siro. Milan's unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt after 11 games as Yusuf Yazici's hat-trick secured an emphatic 3-0 victory for Lille in the Europa League. Inspired by the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who already has eight goals to his name – Stefano Pioli's side have made a wonderful start to 2020-21. But Ibrahimovic, who was subbed off in the 62nd minute, failed to lift the Rossoneri in a dismal showing at San Siro, with Yazici running the show.
‘I had Drogba, Benzema and Zlatan, so Kane has no problem!’ – Mourinho defends striker record
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‘I had Drogba, Benzema and Zlatan, so Kane has no problem!’ – Mourinho defends striker record

The Portuguese boss has responded to Arsenal legend Paul Merson's suggestion that he doesn't get the best out of his centre-forwards Jose Mourinho has defended his record with strikers ahead of Tottenham's clash with West Ham on Tuesday, insisting "Harry Kane has no problem" given his previous experience with the likes of Didier Drogba, Karim Benzema and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Arsenal legend Paul Merson expressed his belief that Mourinho's preferred playing style could force Kane to consider his future at Spurs during his latest column for Sky Sports. After analysing the England international's subdued performance during Friday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, the former Gunners midfielder said: "I think he'll have a serious think at the end of the season. I don't see him getting 2...
Ibrahimovic makes everyone around him better’ – Begovic salutes Swede & Milan keeper Donnarumma
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Ibrahimovic makes everyone around him better’ – Begovic salutes Swede & Milan keeper Donnarumma

The Bosnian, who linked up with the Rossoneri in January, is enjoying working with two stars at opposing ends of their respective careers Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains as competitive as ever at 38 years of age and continues to make “everyone else better”, says AC Milan team-mate Asmir Begovic. Two experienced performers made their way to San Siro during the winter transfer window, with the Rossoneri eager to bolster their ranks. Bosnian goalkeeper Begovic was taken on loan from Bournemouth, while the familiar face of Ibrahimovic was returned to Italy after bringing a spell in MLS with the LA Galaxy to a close.
‘Scoring was optional’ – How Ibrahimovic was transformed by Capello at Juventus
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‘Scoring was optional’ – How Ibrahimovic was transformed by Capello at Juventus

The legendary coach says that the Swede was too much of a circus act when he first arrived in his care, while he has revealed his greatest regret Former Juventus boss Fabio Capello has explained how he gave Zlatan Ibrahimovic a nudge in the right direction to make the Swede become one of the outstanding players of his generation. Ibrahimovic joined up with Capello at Juve in 2004 from Ajax but the legendary Italian coach explained that at that time the forward was lacking the killer mentality that he has displayed subsequently in his career. He would go on to score 23 goals in 70 Serie A outings with the Bianconeri, and while he touched even greater heights as his career progressed, Capello has argued that he began to take his profession more seriously while at the Stadio delle Al...
Ibrahimovic set to play in televised friendly for Hammarby
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Ibrahimovic set to play in televised friendly for Hammarby

The veteran striker has been training with the Swedish club during the coronavirus-enforced break, and is now gearing up for a match AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to take part in a televised friendly for Hammarby on Friday. The 38-year-old returned to his native Sweden after the 2019-20 season was called to a temporary halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ibrahimovic has been training with Hammarby during the self-isolation period, and is not expected to return to San Siro until a date is set for the campaign to resume. Italy is currently in state of emergency, but lockdown measures are due to end on May 3, with clubs across the country hopeful of getting back to work later in the month. Ibrahimovic signed a six-month contract with Milan after calling time on a s...
Mourinho snubs Mikel Obi, others, names his all-time best XI players
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Mourinho snubs Mikel Obi, others, names his all-time best XI players

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has snubbed former Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi, from all-time best XI players he has managed in his career so far. According to the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho did not also include the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wesley Sneijder, and Marcelo. Mourinho’s managerial career has seen him manage some of the top clubs in Europe, including Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Tottenham. The Portuguese has coached the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, Samuel Eto’o at Inter Milan, and Frank Lampard at Chelsea. Below is Mourinho’s all-time best XI: Goalkeeper: Petr Cech Defenders: Javier Zanetti, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, William Gallas Midfi...
‘I’m better than him right now’ – Vela hits back at Ibrahimovic after Swede’s claim he’s best in MLS
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‘I’m better than him right now’ – Vela hits back at Ibrahimovic after Swede’s claim he’s best in MLS

The Swede claimed that he was "by far" the best player in MLS before the Los Angeles derby on Friday, then backed his words up with a hat-trick Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela has hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's claims that he's "by far" the best player in Major League Soccer. The LA Galaxy striker talked a big game leading up to Friday's derby against LAFC, dismissing comparisons to Vela by saying he is easily the league's best player . With his words as the backdrop, the 37-year-old delivered on Friday night with a hat-trick in the Galaxy's 3-2 win over LAFC.
Pogba’s Agent Mino Raiola Is Saying About His Transfer Ban
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Pogba’s Agent Mino Raiola Is Saying About His Transfer Ban

Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has criticised the Italian Football Association (FIGC), after he was given a three-month suspension on Thursday. The FIGC confirmed the ban in a statement but added that the reasons for the ban will be released next week. Raiola, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matthijs de Ligt and several other high-profile names, posted a statement in response on Twitter. “This “ITALIAN BAN” is not a surprise, unfortunately. “My personal concern is that it has been a sentence dominated by political willing, without taking into consideration the reason of law. “It is a sentence based on false grounds and lies. Law and justice, however, must prevail in any civil and correct system and I hope that my position will be remitted within the right lines in th...

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