Sticking around till 2016?
Corriere dello Sport claims that football super agent Mino Raiola visited Adriano Galliani at Milan headquarters this past Thursday in order to begin talks to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s current contract set to expire in 2014.
Ibrahimovic has proved to be a monumental influence since his acquisition from Barcelona just one year ago, playing catalyst to last year’s league title-winning campaign, the club’s first in seven long years.
The Rosseneri again find themselves within significant title contention battling at the top of the table with the resurgent Juventus, who have yet to drop a match under the leadership of new manager Antonio Conte.
Having already eclipsed his domestic goal total of last year in 10 fewer Serie A appearances, the striker is expected to continue his run of good form and hopefully avoid falling into the same stupor which saw him score a single goal in last season’s closing 16 matches.
But the Swede appears certain to shake the title of “big-game flop” after a series of mesmerizing Serie A, Champions League and international performances only blighted by a three-match suspension.
A ban issued after dealing a pedestrian tap to an opposing player’s cheek which caused Milan's most important player to miss out on a crucial fixture with Juventus at the San Siro.
Ibra has brought with him more than goals but an overwhelming air of confidence which could see the Italian giants not only lay claim to their first consecutive league title in more than a decade but with great hope, secure their eighth UEFA Champions League victory.
Beating out Juventus for this year’s Scudetti would continue Ibra’s streak of league titles victories that currently stands at eight in three different countries with five different clubs.
Coincidence? Not a chance.
Citing that phenomenal statistic and his current level of success an extension to 2016 would only make sense for one of the greatest football clubs in the entire world.
VIVA ZLATAN, FORZA MILAN!