Ibrahimovic wants to keep playing, says Maldini | football news

MILAN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to continue playing despite the end of his contract with AC Milan and a long break after knee surgery, club director Paolo Maldini said on Friday.
“As far as I know, he intends to continue,” Maldini told Gazzetta dello Sport two days after the striker, who will turn 41 in October, underwent an operation that is expected to sideline him for eight months.
“We have an appointment in two weeks. I don’t see any problem in reaching an agreement. He certainly doesn’t feel comfortable playing so little. We’ll see what happens in the next two weeks,” said Maldini.
Ibrahimovic, who returned to AC Milan eight years after leaving in January 2020 and has just helped the club win their first Serie A title since 2011, has had an anterior cruciate ligament repair in his left knee.
The former Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United striker said this week he had endured six months of sleepless nights due to pain in his knee as he was determined to fulfill his promise at AC Milan, his first title in the league Series A to deliver in 11 years.
Meanwhile, Maldini confirmed the club are in the process of signing Belgium forward Divock Origi from Liverpool to join Olivier Giroud, Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic in attack.
Milan currently ‘do not have the financial means’ to make big transfers, said former ‘Rossoneri’ icon Maldini, as negotiations are ongoing to sell the club, which has won 19 Serie A titles.
Talks between Bahrain-based Investcorp and AC Milan’s current owner, American investment fund Elliott Management, ended Thursday without an agreement.
Another American mutual fund, RedBird Capital Partners, is now said to be taking the helm to secure a takeover.

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