Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'very close' to renewing AC Milan contract, says Paolo Maldini
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turns 40 in October, has been credited with turning Milan into title contenders again since his return to the Serie A club in January last year.
Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to renewing his contract with AC Milan, club director Paolo Maldini announced on Saturday.
The Swedish international, who turns 40 in October, has been credited with turning Milan into title contenders again since his return to the Serie A club in January last year.
"For Ibrahimovic there are only small details missing, we are very close to renewal," Maldini said before Milan's Serie A game at Parma.
Ibrahimovic, who helped Milan to their last Serie A title in 2011, is the club's top scorer with 15 goals in 16 games having missed others through injury and illness.
The former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona forward's current deal runs until the end of the season with discussions about an extension June 2022.
The Swede returned to the national team last month, more than five years after calling time on his international career.
Meanwhile, contract talks with Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma are less advanced.
"It takes two to make a deal," Maldini added concerning the 22-year-old Italy international.
The game is arguably bigger for sixth-placed Liverpool, who need a win to stay in realistic contention for a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League.
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It might not be a winner-takes-all clash like in 2014, victory could give either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona the momentum needed to go on and claim the title.
Lazio sit sixth, behind AC Milan who are level on 66 points with Napoli and Juventus - third and fourth respectively - but have dropped down to fifth after their second straight league defeat.