Ibrahimovic looks for 'last drink of adrenaline' at AC Milan
Milan, January 3 (AFP) The Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned on Friday that he was not back in AC Milan as a pet but for the last shot of adrenaline and to get a club he loved from a difficult situation.
I'm not here as a pet to dance for fans next to the Devil (mascot of Milan), said the 38-year-old at a press conference in Milan.
I'm looking for the last dose of adrenaline I can have. At my age you are looking for nothing more than a challenge.
When you are 38 years old and you are hired by AC Milan it is something that does not happen very often, coming here means that I still have something to give.
I received more requests now than when I was 28 years old, he continued.
I'm ready, I feel more than alive, I hope to play immediately.
Ibrahimovic has signed a six-month contract worth 3.5 million euros ($ 3.9 million) with the option of an additional year.
It will be the second period of the Swede with Milan, seven years after he went to Paris Saint-Germain.
He played for Rossoneri from 2010-2012 scoring 56 goals in 85 appearances and helped the club win its 18th and final league title in 2011.
One of the most successful clubs in the world, the seven-time European champions occupies the 11th place in the table just seven points down.
Milan football boss Zvonimir Boban contacted the Swede after he left Los Angeles Galaxy in October and calls escalated after a 5-0 loss to Atalanta last month, his biggest defeat in 21 years.
After Atalanta I received many calls, it was not a difficult decision in the end, Ibrahimovic continued.
The last time I left Milan I didn't want to leave. Milan gave me the happiness of playing football, I hope this is true again.
Things need to improve in the field and that is why I am here.
Milan is always AC Milan and the image of ACM is something that cannot be deleted, the history cannot be changed. Ibrahimovic said that going to the United States after a knee injury that threatened his career at Manchester United had revived his passion.
After two MLS championships I feel more than lively, he said.
It's not that I can play like when I was 28 or 35, things change but you know what you can do. Instead of running you can kick a ball from 40 meters, he smiled. Ibrahimovic began his career in Malmo in his native Sweden.
He then played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, PSG and Manchester United, winning trophies with all these clubs.
But Boban warned that the club would not only be counting on Ibrahimovic.
We cannot forget the horrible and unacceptable defeat in Bergamo, but we must not hide behind the broad shoulders of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Boban said.
We expect the course of the season to change and we are optimistic about the effect it will have on the team and the environment, but we need results. AC Milan's first game after winter break will be at home against Sampdoria on Monday. (AFP) APA APA