AC Milan have confirmed the blockbuster arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer.
A statement on the Serie A club’s website confirmed the capture on Friday evening with the Swede stating he is “returning to the city I love”. Ibrahimovic, who first played for the Rossoneri between 2010 and 2012, left LA Galaxy last month and was available on a free.
Several clubs were linked with his signature, including Everton, Bologna, Napoli and Manchester United. But the striker, 38, will once again ply his trade at Stadio San Siro after a medical on January 2.
A deal to the end of the season will be signed on the same day, with the option of extending it by a further year. He told the Milan website: “I am returning to a club that I respect enormously and to a city that I love. I will fight with my teammates to change the course of this season and I will do everything to achieve our goals.”
The excited Italian side announced Ibrahimovic’s signing with a tweet announcing “IzComing” and another slogan, “IzBack”. In his first spell at the club, the forward scooped the 2010/11 Scudetto and subsequent Supercoppa Italiana with a man of the match performance against rivals Inter Milan.
Both years saw him named in the Serie A Team of the Year while he was added to the prestigious AC Milan Hall of Fame. And the Rossoneri will be desperate for him to help return the team to that level of glory. Sunday’s 5-0 defeat at Atalanta sent them into the Christmas break wallowing in 11th place of the table, with half the points of leaders Inter.
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