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Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Quit Playing To Start Managerial Career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Quit Playing To Start Managerial Career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly ready to retire from his playing career and start up his managerial career, in favour of signing for a second season with AC Milan.

The Swedish forward rejoined Milan, after a spell in the MLS with LA Galaxy, in January on a six month deal until the end of the season but there was the option of an extra year.

Whilst Ibra might have been expected to stay next season reports in Italy suggest otherwise. SportMediaset claim that the 38-year-old will decide against signing on again and instead focus on becoming a manager.

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The decision is reportedly based on the fact that he has become annoyed at the decision from CEO Ivan Gazidis to sack Chief Football Officer Zvonimir Boban.

Former Milan players Boban was instrumental in getting Zlatan to move back from the MLS to rejoin the Rossoneri, after last playing for the club in 2012 before moving to PSG.

The Croatian, who played for the club for two years in the late 90s and early 00s, was sacked last month after a disagreement with Gazidis.

Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring in the derby against Inter. Image: PA Images
Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring in the derby against Inter. Image: PA Images

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Gazidis contacted Ralf Rangnick over being Milan coach next season, the position Stefano Pioli currently holds, after Marco Giampaolo was sacked earlier in the season.

Technical director, and club legend, Paolo Maldini and Boban were annoyed that they weren't spoken to before Gazidis approach for the German.

Ibrahimovic was brought in during the January transfer window because the team were in need of a goalscorer, with Krzysztof Piatek scoring just four goals in 18 appearances in Serie A this season, before moving to Hertha Berlin.

The former Manchester United striker has scored three goals in the league and another in the Coppa Italia in 10 games since coming back to Italy from USA.

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The Swede has been one of the best strikers in Europe over the past nearly two decades and has won league titles with Ajax, Juventus, though the club were later stripped of them, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG.

His stay at Old Trafford was shortened by an injury in the first series but he still won the Community Shield, Europa League and League Cup with the Red Devils.

Topics: Football News, Serie A, Transfer stories, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Transfer rumours, Italian Football, AC Milan, Transfer news, Italy, European Football

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