Ibrahimovic looks for 'last drink of adrenaline' at AC Milan
MILAN: Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic he warned on Friday that he was not back in A.C. Milan as a pet, but for the last drink of adrenaline and to raise a club that 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're 38 and get hired by A.C. Milan it's something that doesn't happen very often, coming here means 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.
He will mark 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 times European champions occupies the 11th place in the table, only seven points above the descent.
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 A.C. Milan and the image of ACM is something that cannot be deleted, you can't change history.
Ibrahimovic said that going to the United States after his knee injury that threatens 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 have Ibrahimovic.
We can't forget the horrible and unacceptable defeat at Bergamo, but we must not hide behind the broad shoulders of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said Boban.
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.
A.C. Milan's first game after the winter break will be at home against Sampdoria on Monday.