Ibrahimović: “When I come back – I’ll do it with violence, we are stronger than last year, give De Ketelaere some time”

Zlatan Ibrahimović during Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on September 3, 2022. (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimović spoke to GdS as he launched his new clothing collection.

Zlatan sat down for an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Luca Bianchin in the Dsquared2 store in the Porta Nuova area as he presented his second capsule collection “Black on Black,” a restricted fashion collection created in collaboration with designers Dean and Dan Caten. A line of clothes in total black, all black with a few touches of white. A line of clothes with his name IBRA written large on caps, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Ibra meanwhile, continues to recover from his injury. He is training at Milanello every morning, looking to get back to 100% following his knee surgery in May.

How are you doing, almost 4 months after surgery?
“Good, I work every day to come back.”

Yes but… the comeback – when?
“You will see it, surely. When I come back, I’ll be heard, you can count on it. I will do it with violence.”

How many hours does Ibra train?
“It takes patience, that’s the key now.”

Zlatan Ibrahimović on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 11, 2022 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

So between training sessions, this passion for fashion emerges. It’s the second personal collection with Dsquared2. Can it become a parallel job to football?
“With fashion, especially with Dean and Dan, I have a lot of fun. These cloths make me feel comfortable, they make me feel good, at ease. It’s the cloths that fit Ibra, not the other way around.”

Because it’s a collection with the name IBRA on the garments. Won’t it be too much?
“No, I like to see people walking around in my cloths. What could be nicer?”

Dean and Dan Caten, the creators of Dsquared2, intervene at that point, explaining that Zlatan is perfect for fashion: “In addition to his super-athlete physique, he is versatile, he knows how to be everywhere. In his collection, each piece has his importance.” The interview then continues, and the subject goes back to football…

Gerry Cardinale, Paolo Scaroni and Zlatan Ibrahimović before Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on September 3, 2022. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Boban told La Gazzetta that it would be better to retire. Precisely: “Ibrahimović does not do well to keep playing, but I understand if he will continue because I know how he thinks. All of us Milan fans, me in particular, will be grateful to him forever.” Is he wrong?
“It depends. If I see a player stronger than me then I will retire. But I haven’t seen him yet.”

And has a stronger Milan, in these months with Zlatan Ibrahimović, been seen? Is a Milan stronger than that of the Scudetto possible?
“Yes, we are even stronger than last year as a group. Overall we are a better team, the mercato in the summer after the Scudetto strengthened us and we have more alternatives on the bench.”

Zlatan Ibrahimović during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on August 27, 2022. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Therefore, Ibra keeps liking Milan…
“This is clear. If I didn’t like it then I wouldn’t be here.”

Last question about Charles De Ketelaere, who certainly don’t look like a clone of Ibra. The look of a university student, talent – yes, but an attitude on the pitch that is not brazen, sometimes a bit timid. What is your impression, seen from the dressing room? Does he need some Ibra treatment?
“De Ketelaere is a top, I’ll say that. You just need to give him some time to grow.”

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Will smash Napoli to the ground, when he returns