Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan are planning on renewing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract at the club and a meeting has been set with the striker, according to reports in Italy.

The 40-year-old became a free agent this week after his contract expired from the back of playing an influential role in Milan’s Serie A success last season.

Ibrahimovic revealed he had ‘never suffered so much’ in his career after playing with an ACL injury which has now seen him ruled out for seven months.

Despite the long-term injury, Milan are set to offer the veteran a new deal according to Sky Sport Italia.

A meeting between the parties has been scheduled in the next few days and Milan are keen to keep Ibrahimovic due to his efficiency on the pitch and presence in the dressing room.

The striker’s knee injury sparked talks of a possible retirement last month but Milan’s technical director, Paolo Maldini, revealed those reports are wide of the mark.

Speaking at the end of May, Maldini said: ‘I spoke to [Ibrahimovic] on Monday and we said we’d discuss it again in about 15 days. I don’t see a problem in reaching an agreement.

‘Naturally, he’s not happy at playing so little. We’ll see what happens in the next two weeks.

‘Whatever we do will be for the good of him and Milan. From what I understand, his intention is to keep playing.’

The announcement of Ibrahimovic’s second spell at Milan at the end of 2020 was widely seen as a surprising short-term solution.

The former LA Galaxy and Manchester United hitman’s arrival sparked Milan’s rapid revival from midtable strugglers to Scudetto contenders, earning the irrepressible veteran a new contract by popular demand.

Ten years after his first Serie A victory with Milan, Ibrahimovic repeated the trick at the end of his first full season following his return to the Rossoneri, scoring eight goals in 23 appearances as they saw off arch-rivals Inter in a tight title race.

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