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‘I kept my promise’: Zlatan boasts as Milan end Serie A title drought

ZLATAN Ibrahimovic has taken some of the credit for AC Milan’s Serie triumph, claiming he fulfilled his promise to win the title for the club.

Milan defeated Sassuolo 3-0 last night to win their first Scudetto in 11 years, pipping city rivals Inter Milan to the title by just two points.

Olivier Giroud scored twice in the title-winning game but it was 40-year-old substitute Zlatan that stole the show when he appeared with a cigar during the trophy presentation.

Incidentally, the Swede was with AC Milan when they last won the title in the 2010/2011 season before leaving and returning in 2020. He reminded everyone of that fact.

“It’s wonderful, I was here last time Milan won and 11 years later we win it and I’m here again,” Zlatan told Sky Sport Italia.

“I arrived here making a promise and I kept it. Many laughed when I said that we’d win the Scudetto again, but we worked hard and showed the team what it means to suffer for your results.”

Ibrahimovic was one of the high-profile clients of super agent Mino Raiola, who unfortunately died recently. The striker paid tribute to his late friend and mentor.

He said: “I dedicate this to Mino, he was one of those who wanted me at Milan and told me I was the only one who could save Milan. I dedicate this trophy to him.”

Apparently due to his advancing years, Ibrahimovic did not play much this season as he battled with injuries. But he has not called time of his glittering career just yet.

“I need to be in good shape, I need to do things,” he said when asked about retirement. “When I feel good, then I’ll see what the situation is. I still feel that I can make the difference when I’m on the pitch. I don’t see another Ibra out there.

“I will make a decision over the next few days. I had a really tough time lately, it was bad both physically, but also for other personal matters. At the end of the day, I did everything I could to help Milan win this trophy.

“I was afraid that I might have to quit, but I want to do it my way.”

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