Zlatan sends surprise warning to Milan

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Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has sent a warning to AC Milan about leaving unless things change at the club.

After spending two years in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovic returned to the San Siro in January on a short-term deal.

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There has been no word on what will happen with the 38-year-old next season, but the striker is not happy with how things are handled at the club.

"Ibra plays to win something or he stays at home," Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport's Sportweek magazine in an interview set to be released on Saturday.

"They told me that retiring in America was too easy, so I came back to Milan. I am here purely for passion, because I'm basically playing for free… Then this COVID situation stopped everything and I thought, maybe there’s something trying to tell me that I should retire…

"Fortunately, we got back on the pitch. My calf managed to get involved too, but after two days I was ready to come back into the team. Ibra is like that. But they told me to take it slow.

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"Ibra was born to play football and is still the best at playing football. We'll see how I feel in two months. We'll also see what's happening with the club. If this is the situation, to be honest, it's unlikely you'll see me at Milan next season.

"Ibra is not a player for the Europa League and Milan are not a club who belong in the Europa League."