MLS Commissioner Garber: “Ibrahimović is now being recruited by Milan, one of the top clubs in the world”

35
Zlatan Ibrahimović during LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake at Dignity Health Sports Park on April 28, 2019. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimović is apparently a target for Milan, according to MLS boss Garber.

Ibra has stated that he’s been at his career best during his time at Milan, where he felt like home, and there is a possibility now to see Zlatan back in red and black.

The Rossoneri are in a desperate need for personality and leadership as these two are severely lacking in the young squad composed by the last three managements.

At 38, Ibrahimović could be the right guy for Milan and he can come as a free agent due to finishing his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy next month.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave an interview last night to ESPN and he discussed Ibra and his future. Despite the interview being conducted in English, false translations appeared all over the internet, in both Italian and English media. The following, however, is a word-for-word transcription:

You could say your most casual football fan knows Zlatan Ibrahimović, he’s certainly a huge name and you know that. How important is he and how strong of an effort will you guys make to keep him in MLS?
“Zlatan is such an interesting guy, I mean. He keeps my hands full, my inbox full [smiles]… but he’s a thrill-a-minute and you need to have those guys who are breaking through the clutter, like David Beckham did in our early days. He’s a 38-year-old guy, who is now being recruited by Milan, one of the top clubs in the world. He’s almost set records with how many goals he’s scored in the last two years and he’s exciting on and off the field right…? He certainly keeps our hands full. At the end of the day I’d like to see him back, but that’s going to be up to the LA Galaxy. I have enjoyed the Zlatan moments, especially when he speaks, to me, in a third-person.”

Being ‘recruited’ does not mean that Ibrahimović has signed or will sign with Milan. It only means that as far as Garber is aware, the Rossoneri have shown interest in the big Swede.

35
Leave a Reply

avatar
9 Comment threads
26 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
17 Comment authors
TrueRossoneriDariushmuhideen nasidiGmanMavac Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Soheil
Guest
Soheil

Just him being there could help us.

A.C. Milan 1899
Guest
A.C. Milan 1899

I am sorry to say, but he will be a flop too. I know he is focused and an exceptional player, but he is at the end of his career and don’t have the same stamina anymore, otherwise he would be going to a better team such… Fiorentina or Atalanta.

Gaetu
Guest
Gaetu

I tought the same that he will be a flop when he left for PSG and then Man Utd and then in USA but dont think so. He is a huge aquisition not only in the field, but expecially in the locker room. And if he just gives some tips here and there for the team, still worth having him.

Hwyley
Guest
Hwyley

Forget. There is nothing good in him anymore, both the field and the locker room you claim. Please dont start this exaggerating again ooooo

Anthony333
Guest
Anthony333

Ibra at 38 is still more dangerous than Piatek and Leo combined so I don’t know where you’re going with your comment….

nick
Guest
nick

Ibrahimović will struggle to score goals with the midfield we have. You guys are delusional. This is why we can’t make progress.

Everybody at Milan including most of the fans are still living in the past. Ibrahimovic is NOT what we need.

Every past player that came back to Milan flopped. Gullit, Kaka, Shevchenko and the same will happen to Ibra. Smh.

Gman
Guest
Gman

Ibra made Nocerino of all people look like gold so I would be so worried about our current midfield. We are in desperate need of a leader and someone who can score.

Anthony333
Guest
Anthony333

Delusional? You’re the same guy that mentioned buying Emre Can so take it easy. I understand it’s not part of our ‘youth project’ but clearly it can’t get much worse than our current situation. Bringing in a prolific striker, even at 38, can’t hurt us.

Hwyley
Guest
Hwyley

Exactly. Tell them

Hwyley
Guest
Hwyley

Why is juventus/inter/barca/ajax not going for ibra? Milan should stop accepting players when ever they are not needed by big clubs.

Mavac
Guest
Mavac

Zlatan has never been a flop. He has only been improving. The fact that Zlatan would hopp on our bandwagon shows that AC Milan hasa special place in his heart because Zlatan has never looked back in playing for previous sides and many new clubs would be honoured to have him offering a new challenge. If Zlatan ends up with us, he would slash anyone that is not doing their best for the club like he did when he played for us. He is a perfectionist. Thats why he has always been a winner wherever he goes. I would say… Read more »

Marius
Guest
Marius

It’s hard to say this but Milan is not a top club of the world anymore, is a middle club

Niel8
Guest
Niel8

I hope in the end we’ll say: Milan, welcome back to Zlatan!

nick
Guest
nick

This is a sign that Milan are a club with no clear vision. First they say they want to invest in youth and now we are linked with signings like Zlatan who is 38yrs old and way past his prime. He had a bad knee injury and yet we believe he can be a good signing for us? Delusional! Smh. These people at Milan are truly idiots and so short sighted. It would make more sense to me to sign Moise Kean from Everton who is young and talented. I really wish Elliott sell Milan soon to a wealthy buyer.… Read more »

Gaetu
Guest
Gaetu

We have a very young team, Ibra is a player that always had confidence and that confidence is what our team lacks. Even if he doesnt score goals, i believe just speaking with the players and training with them will help them. And i really doubt Ibra will come to milan and accept to stay on bench, if he has tabk left, he will come. He is a real fighter everywhere he went. I am no huge fan of of Ibra, but i think him and maybe another leader in defence is what we really need.

nick
Guest
nick

Negative. Our team lacks quality young players. Signing Leao who has no international experience or champions league experience is a joke.

We should be signing players like Emre Can, Mario Goetze, Hakim Ziyek, Danny van de Beek, Aubameyang, Bakayoko, Rabiot, etc. Young talented players with international experience and UCL experience.

That’s what our team lacks. Not players like Leao or Ibra.

Anthony333
Guest
Anthony333

Emre Can is garbage

TrueRossoneri
Guest
TrueRossoneri

you need to be consistent in your arguments. You complain about Leao because he has no ‘international experience’ but you want us to sign Kean. Really? Someone who hardly plays for Everton and was benched for poor performance after his first game at the Euro u-21. If you can spot talent then you should know Leao has lots of it.

Alexmilan
Guest
Alexmilan

Nick, you became confusional ! The only mistake of the season was giampaolo who was the big flop ! Unexpected flop ! The strategy with the young players was Elliot and Gazidis idea ! Not Maldini and Boban’s ! They should have kept Gattuso, brought him the pieces of experience that he demanded like Ribery and Fabregas and it would have been better ! Gattuso asked for 3 pieces of experience, like Ribery, Fabregas and Ibra and he would have won top 3 ! This was the huge mistake ! And then Giampaolo who was worst than morontela ! Milan… Read more »

Makavelli
Guest
Makavelli

Pioli hasn’t been bad in my opinion.

nick
Guest
nick

He hasn’t been good either. We are having issues with our defense at LB and RB. Pioli should know by now that it is probably best to switch to a back 3 with Caldara coming back from injury. Caldara played in a back 3 at Atalanta and it would solve our problems in defense. Use 3421 formation with Conti and Hernandez as wingers as they are very good offensive players but rather poor defensively. Bennacer and Kessie as the two holding midfielders with Calhanoglu and Paqueta playing behind Piatek. A back 4 formation is not working and we are conceding… Read more »

nick
Guest
nick

Alexmilan….with all due respect let’s be reasonable and not emotional. That formula does not work. Players like Fabergas and Ribery are past their prime and we cannot rely on old players with hefty salaries for experience. Berlusconi did that during his last few seasons as Milan president with the likes of Rivaldo, Essien, Vieri and Ronaldinho. All failures. Maldini and Boban should not be targeting players like Ibra (38), Fabergas (32) Luca Modric (34) or Ribery (36). They are on the wrong side of 30. There’s no value in investing in players like them. As for Gazidis, he wants to… Read more »

Gaetu
Guest
Gaetu

Maybe we have a better chance to sign them, u cant expect to bring messi, aguerro and players in their prime 30 without playing in CL. Ibra will cost only his salary, if he does help us reach CL this year than his transfer would be a succes. Look at the team and tell me who can raise morale and increase the tempo when we behind in game? Gattuso may had his lack of tactical knoledge but the team really fought hard because he was a leader off the field, especially at the end of the season, and he didnt… Read more »

nick
Guest
nick

And when Ibra comes do we sacrifice Piatek to sit on the bench? Who will we take out of the team to accommodate Ibra who has a big ego and will not want to spend time on the bench?

You guys are so short sighted. I would rather get Özil or Rakitic to help Piatek score more goals than put him on the bench for Ibrahimović. That makes more logical sense to me. We need creative midfielders yet you guys want to sign a 38yr old striker with a bum knee? Unbelievable.

Gaetu
Guest
Gaetu

Competion is healthy. Piattek and leao will learn a lot from him. I dont mind getting rakitic or modric too, just saying that Ibra will be a big aquisition in the locker room and on the field. Maybe they need a spark to get moving.

nick
Guest
nick

Ibrahimović is not what we need. This is problem at Milan. The management and fans are too nostalgic. Stop living in the past. We need creative midfielders like Ozil and Rakitic , a defensive midfielder like Bakayoko, a solid RB and another solid CB. We do this none sense every single season and we can’t learn from our mistakes. Piatek has proven that he is a very clinical striker. We can get Moise Kean as a very young talented backup striker who has proven himself in Serie A. Why are we chasing a 38yr old player who is not the… Read more »

Makavelli
Guest
Makavelli

They got young ones still you complain, now they trying to get matured players + leader you still complain. You’ve got bigger issues than Milan yourself mate. Get rid of everyone and get you? And did u just say Moise Kean? Who’s not even a starter at Everton…

nick
Guest
nick

Reading is fundamental. I didn’t complain about young or experience players I was pointing out the type of quality young and experience players we should be targeting based on logics and not emotions.

And yes, Moise Kean who scored the winner for Juventus at the San Siro last season. He is by far a better player than Leao. Smh.

SinzuSinzu7
Guest

Bring Ibra back to ginger them all

Yoyo
Guest
Yoyo

I think the main problem is the coaches and not the players.

nick
Guest
nick

It’s both. We have too many players that are just not good enough. Not even Guardiola can work with this bunch except for maybe 3-4 players we have.

Gaetu
Guest
Gaetu

I bet half of the players would flourish elsewhere. We have players, but no coach, maybe a defender and a midfielder and to get rid of 5-6 players would put us on track. We need a proper tactic and stick with 13-14 players. We had the same defence like last year and they play abismal. I never tough i would say this but baka is what we would have needed.

nick
Guest
nick

The majority of our players would NOT make the starting eleven for ANY of the top teams in Europe like Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Man City, Liverpool or PSG. Let that sink in.

muhideen nasidi
Guest
muhideen nasidi

Of course milan can improve with zalatan due to his experience so try to sign him he will guide Milan to champion linque and many players can get more experience from him also

Dariush
Guest
Dariush

Ibra past his prime????come onn
I just wonder if u guys watching football
The only ones who can turn the tides in our favor are CR7_Messi-Ibra so hopefully ibra will come back
Remember when he came and we didnt have a play maker and yet he scored so many goales for us