Zlatan Ibrahimović has already trained with the squad for the first time and he’s eligible for Monday’s game against Samp.
Milan’s first signing of January has arrived today as Zlatan touched ground in Linate airport on Thursday morning.
At around 11:30 CET, Ibra got off from his private plane, and embraced Chief Football Officer Zvonimir Boban. Maldini was not present at the airport as he was at Casa Milan dealing with the market.
Zlatan, who came from Stockholm, gave an interview to MilanTV as he arrived:
How do you feel to be back in Milano?
“I remember arriving in this same spot many years ago, what matters now is that I’m back and I am happy.”
Even the weather favors your return, there is great enthusiasm for your arrival…
“I’ve always said this is my home and I’m finally back. I’ve played for other teams in my years but I’m back and that’s all that counts.”
What’s your first message to the fans?
“I’m back, finally! I’m eager to see the fans at San Siro to make the stadium jump with joy again.
Ibrahimović then immediately went to La Madonnina Clinic for his medical check-ups. He entered the clinic from the secondary entrance as many fans were waiting for him at the main one. Zlatan completed the medical and the fitness tests and then went to Casa Milan to sign the contract.
At around 17:45 CET, Ibra – accompanied by Boban – arrived in Milanello for a first meeting with Stefano Pioli and his staff. Despite not being initially scheduled to take part in training, Zlatan worked regularly with the rest of the squad in today’s session. In addition, his contract has been deposited and so he can technically take part in the game against Sampdoria on Monday at 15:00 CET.
Milan have also announced that Ibrahimović’s new number is 21. Tomorrow at 10:00 CET, there will be a press conference to present the new-but-familiar signing of the Diavolo.