Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Europe with the Swedish striker once again signed with Italian club AC Milan to play again in Serie A. The club officially announced last December 27th.
Ibrahimovic will rejoin the Italian club which he played from 2010 to 2012 after spending two seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS).
In his first stint with AC Milan, the 38-year-old striker won both the Italian Super Cup and Serie A titles in 2011 before joining French club Paris Saint-Germain for the 2012-2013 season.
He appeared 85 times and fired 56 goals on his first stint with AC Milan.
“I know what I have to do, Zlatan is still here,” Ibrahimovic said via CNN after signing a six-month contract with the club with one- year extension option.’’ “The duel with Cristiano Ronaldo will be exciting.”
Ibrahimovic is looking to help AC Milan in getting back on track, especially they last won a title back in 2011 with Serie A trophy with Ibrahimovic is still playing for them. The club is currently in 11th place in Serie A table as they ended the year 2019 with a 5-0 loss against Atalanta.
AC Milan also fired Marco Giampolo as manager back in October after recording three wins against four defeats to start the new season and appointed Stefano Pioli as a replacement.
“You have to suffer: those who don’t know how to suffer can’t be the best,” added Ibrahimovic. “I’ll get meaner and meaner. I expect a lot from my teammates too,’’ Ibrahimovic added on AC Milan struggles.
“I’ve only seen Milan’s results from afar, but I don’t know what hasn’t been working so far.”
Ibrahimovic first game in AC Milan is against Sampdoria on January 5th.
Aside from AC Milan, Ibrahimovic also suited for Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint- Germain, Manchester United and Los Angeles Galaxy, winning titles and individual accolades along the way.
Roberto Moreno appointed as new Monaco coach
Monaco will begin the new year with a new coach with the appointment of former Spain coach Roberto Moreno as the new coach of the club, in lieu of Leonardo Jardim. The club announced the changes last December 28th.
Moreno will bring plenty of coaching experiences under his belt in serving as assistant coach under Luis Enrique on his stint with AS Roma, Celta, FC Barcelona and Spain men’s football team before appointed as Spain’s coach in March 2019 and leading the team for UEFA Euro 2020 berth but resigned from his post last November with Enrique, which he succeeded in the job last March returned to his old post.
Jardim meanwhile took over for the second time last January 2019, replacing Thierry Henry, which was sacked three months into his job and managed to land the club into 17th place, a rank higher than relegation playoff in French Ligue 1 last season.
Monaco is currently 7th in the French Ligue 1 season before Jardim was sacked to install Moreno, who signed a half-a-year contract, valid until the end of the 2021-2022 season.
“We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Robert Moreno,” Monaco vice president Oleg Petrov said via Sky Sports.
“On behalf of President Dmitry Rybolovlev, I would also like to thank Leonardo Jardim for all the work accomplished and all the successes achieved in recent years,” Petrov added as Jardim guided Monaco for their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years back in 2017 with Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva as vital cogs and deep run in the UEFA Champions League in the same season, which the club reached the semifinals.