Ibra: “I haven’t set a time when I want to retire, I have a physio 24 hours a day, I must have balance with playing time”

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Zlatan Ibrahimović during Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on November 7, 2021. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimović has stated he doesn’t think about retirement but learned ‘the pain does not go away – it just moves’.

After dealing with two injuries since the start of the season, Zlatan is now finally starting to find consistency and he’s been called-up by Sweden for their upcoming matches with Georgia and Spain.

The Big Swede, who just recently turned 40 years old, spoke at a Sweden press conference yesterday, discussing his condition and plans going forward:

“It feels good [to be back with Sweden]. Finally,” Ibra said, as reported by Expressen. “I should have been in both the previous training camps that I missed due to injuries. I’ve been a bit unlucky, but now I feel good, I’m up and running for real. I’m happy to be here and to be able to play, above all.

Zlatan Ibrahimović during Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on November 7, 2021. (@acmilan.com)

“We all want to play but I think I must have balance with the playing time given the injuries I’m coming off. If I can find the right balance, I should be able to play as much as possible.

“The knee injury that made me miss the EUROs and heel injury in October? You learn something new every day. I get to know my body better and better every day. It is getting older – my head is getting young and I am getting better looking! It’s something new every day.

Zlatan Ibrahimović during Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on November 7, 2021. (@acmilan.com)

“Last season I had more injuries than I usually have and have had in the past. But that’s because I didn’t think about taking it easy when I was feeling something, I just went with it. That’s my mentality. After I turned 30, I noticed that the pain doesn’t go away – it just moves.

“I have a physio 24 hours a day who follows me everywhere in Italy. At the slightest thing, he’s there to help. As soon as I have something, I want to take care of it immediately.

“Retirement? I haven’t set a time when I want to retire, but I want to continue as long as I can and not have that in my head. I don’t want to feel sorry for myself and think that I could have continued and why I didn’t, but instead I’m going on. If I’m called-up, I’ll do it.”

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