Ibrahimovic's return to training with Sweden's Hammarby sparks rumors about the future
STOCKHOLM: AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to training in Sweden with Hammarby , the club he owns, like the coronavirus pandemic continues to crash Italy , has fueled speculation about his future.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Ibrahimovic, 38, will choose not to renew his Milan agreement that ends at the end of the season.
Swedish team president Richard Von Yxkull said the decision was in the hands of the attacker who played 116 times for his country before retiring from international service in 2016.
It's about knowing how Zlatan sees his future and what he wants to do, Von Yxkull told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
In early April, the winner of the Spanish, Italian, French and Dutch league said he wanted to stay in the game after retiring.
I want to learn something new about soccer, with a different angle. I will contribute from the sidelines, not from the field, he told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
Ibrahimovic's last appearance in Milan was the loss to Genoa on March 8.
All football in Italy has been suspended due to the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of nearly 18,000 people in the country.
Measures to fight the outbreak in Sweden are lighter which have allowed Ibrahimovic to train with Stockholm's Hammarby, a side which I bought a 25-percent share in last November.
Ibrahimovic began his career at the local Malmo club before trophy-laden spells with some of the world's largest ensembles, including Juventus , Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before rejoining Milan in January.