'Ibra is not a player for the Europa League' - Zlatan hints at AC Milan exit

'Ibra is not a player for the Europa League' - Zlatan hints at AC Milan exit

AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again hinted he might not be staying at the Italian side beyond the current campaign. 

The mercurial striker returned to Milan as a free agent in January after his contract with MLS side LA Galaxy expired but might be on the move once again. 

He has sounded a warning that he does not belong to the Europa League, after initially casting doubt over the club's commitment to regaining their lost glory. 

"Ibra plays to win something or he stays at home," Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport's Sportweek magazine.

"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.

"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."

The 38-year-old has scored six goals since his arrival, helping Milan move back to seventh on 49 points. 

He led the side to a stunning 4-2 victory over Juventus on Tuesday, but it might not be enough to see them back in the Champions League as they are 16 points off fourth-placed Inter Milan, who hold the last qualification spot.