AC Milan Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ended speculation linking him with a move away from the San Siro by extending his contract.
According to reports, Ibrahimovic has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract keeping him with the Italian giants.
The new deal which will extend the 38-year-old’s stay at San Siro until the summer of 2021, will earn him around €7 million (£6m/$8m).
In a statement on the official website, the club wrote: “AC Milan is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimović has renewed his contract with the Club until June 30, 2021.
“The Swedish champion began his journey with the Club in 2010 when he made 85 appearances and scored 56 goals during a stint which also yielded one Scudetto and one Supercoppa.
“Ibrahimović returned to Milan in January this year and contributed significantly to AC Milan’s return to Europe, netting 11 goals in 20 matches, reaching the 100 appearances milestone with the Rossoneri.
“Today, Zlatan Ibrahimović re-joined his teammates and coach Stefano Pioli at Milanello Sports Center, where he took part in his first training session of the season.”
Ibrahimovic was reportedly linked with a move out of the Milan club if head coach Stefano Pioli was replaced, but it appears Pioli’s new contract has convinced the striker to stay.
Ibrahimovic speaking on his return to MilanNews.it said: “I am very happy to be back here. Finally everything is ok and I am finally back where I feel at home, now we have to work and bring results.”
“I am not here to be a mascot, I am here to bring results and help the team, the coach and the club to get Milan back to where they need to be. In the last six months we have done well but we have not won anything. There is the possibility of starting, working hard, making sacrifices to reach the goals.
“I’m fine, in shape. A message for the Milan fans? I hope to see the fans soon at the stadium. The team needs the fans, we blow up the Milan fans. Forza Milan, always.”
Ibrahimovic played a key role as for AC Milan last season, helping in their surge from the mid-table to a sixth position finish, winning nine and drawing three of their last 12 Serie A games.
His impact was evident as the Rossoneri lost only two league games after his arrival from in January while he bagged 10 goals and provided five assists in 18 league appearances.
The Italian side will begin their season with a Europa League visit to Shamrock Rovers on September 17 in the competition’s second qualifying round.