Kulusevski hopes to make Zlatan struggle on Sunday

Juventus attacker Dejan Kulusevski hopes Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘doesn’t perform like he can’ when the two sides clash on Sunday. The Bianconeri host Milan in a direct clash in the top four battle this weekend and Kulusevski spoke about the crucial game to Sky Sport Italia. “We prepared well for this game,” he told the broadcaster. “We had the whole week to do it. We are calm, there are still two days.” The former Parma winger will face his compatriot and Sweden teammate Ibrahimovic at the Allianz Stadium. “I love him very much, but I hope he doesn’t perform like he can.” Speaking about his own performance in his first season with the Old Lady, the youngster admitted he didn’t expect it to be

Nocerino: ‘Muntari goal changed Milan history’

Antonio Nocerino believes the infamous ‘ghost goal’ against Juventus was ‘the moment that changed the history of Milan,’ leading to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva exits. The incident occurred during a 1-1 draw at San Siro on February 25, 2012, meaning the Scudetto showdown ended in a stalemate rather than allowing the Rossoneri to take control. Juventus would eventually win the Serie A title, but that moment – when Sulley Ali Muntari’s effort crossed the line before Gigi Buffon palmed it back out – was a turning point in the push for goal-line technology. “It wasn't after the game everyone went mad, it was straight after the goal. It was incredible, it was a goal. Buffon moved behind his goal-line when he clawed

Lukaku aims dig at Zlatan: ‘The real God has crowned the king of Milan’

Inter forward Romelu Lukaku continues to celebrate the Scudetto with a dig at Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. ‘The real God has crowned the king’. Inter secured their first Scudetto in 11 years and the Belgian forward was heavily involved in helping the Nerazzurri end Juventus’ dominance in Italy. With 21 goals in 33 Serie A games, Lukaku is the leading goalscorer of the Nerazzurri this term. After the 'King vs. God' disputes with Ibrahimovic in the past, the 27-year-old has another dig at the veteran Swede in a post on Twitter. “The real God has crowned the king,” he wrote. “Now, bow down. King of Milan.” The real godhas crowned the king!Now bow downIl nostro dio ha incoronato i Re!Ora inchinatevi!King of Milano pic.twitter.com/n0gAiYWFTp — R.Lukaku

Leao and Zlatan in the line-up against Benevento?

Milan should have Alessio Romagnoli, Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the starting line-up against Benevento on Saturday night. The Rossoneri continue to fight for a place in the Champions League next term and coach Stefano Pioli has some good and some bad news ahead of the game against Filippo Inzaghi’s men. Sky Sport Italia reports Simon Kjaer and Davide Calabria are in doubt for the tie, as they have some flu symptoms. If they recover in time, they will start, as Romagnoli is expected to start at the back with the Denmark international. If Kjaer can’t make it, Fikayo Tomori is expected to take his place next to Romagnoli. Leao is expected to replace Ante Rebic at left in the attacking trident behind

UEFA investigate Ibrahimovic betting company

UEFA have officially opened a disciplinary investigation into Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company.’ A statement was released by UEFA this afternoon and it could lead to some very serious repercussions for the Sweden international. “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations by Mr. Zlatan Ibrahimović for having an alleged financial interest in a betting company. “Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course.” Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet had reported that a company Ibrahimovic holds shares in had also invested in a betting company. Ibra is still a part-owner

Ibrahimovic and Lukaku fined

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been fined €4,000 and Romelu Lukaku €3,000, while Milan and Inter were also penalised for the ugly Coppa Italia row. The players were both found guilty of unsporting behaviour following the clash that occurred during the Coppa Italia quarter-final on January 26. An investigation was held and has reached the conclusion that Ibrahimovic must pay €4,000 and Lukaku €3,000. Milan are also fined €2,000 and Inter €1,250 for failing to control their players. Both players have already said they will donate the money to charity.

Zlatan: ‘Pioli has the right mentality’

Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained how coach Stefano Pioli ‘challenges’ him every day and claimed the Rossoneri coach ‘has the right mentality’. Ibrahimovic has renewed with the Diavolo for a further year and will continue to work at Milanello in 2021-22. The Swede said he has created a great relationship with Pioli and admitted it was ‘easy’ to get along with the former Fiorentina coach ‘from day one’. “What we went through last year was not easy,” Ibrahimovic told MilanTV. “Every game, Pioli said: ‘Ibra, be good’. And I was bad. “The next game, Pioli said: ‘Ibra, be bad’ and he was the good, but he commanded when he wanted to. We played these games. “At first, you don’t know people, but from day one

Ibra: ‘I proved that age doesn’t matter’

Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has renewed his contract until June 2022 and said he proved the doubters wrong. ‘I have shown that age doesn’t matter’. The 39-year-old signed a deal that will see him stay at San Siro beyond his 40th birthday and the Swede admitted to MilanTV that Milan ‘is my home’. He was asked what the reaction of the fans would be, after the club announced the renewal with the veteran. “I think it will be positive. Even if someone had doubts before I arrived,” Ibrahimovic told MilanTV. “I have shown that age doesn’t matter. “It’s all about mentality. I always want to improve and do the best I can. I just want to feel good physically and be able to do

Milan drop Ibrahimovic contract hints

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is due to sign his new Milan contract this evening, earning a reported €7.5m per season plus bonuses. The 39-year-old’s current deal expires on June 30, but negotiations have been at an advanced stage for several weeks. By all accounts, an announcement is planned for tonight at Casa Milan. The Rossoneri social media accounts are already giving clues with the slogan: What’Z happening? According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb and others, Ibrahimovic will increase his salary from €7m to €7.5m per season. There are also numerous bonuses tied to performances, number of appearances, goals and the team targets. What’Z happening? #SempreMilan #ReadyToUnleash pic.twitter.com/RnQOgDOkhs — AC Milan (@acmilan) April 22, 2021

Why Milan can’t appeal Ibrahimovic ban

Milan lawyer Leandro Cantamessa explains why they cannot appeal Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s one-match ban by providing audio evidence and the questions raised by the wording. The Swede was sent off during the 3-1 win at Parma and today’s ban describes the reasons for his dismissal as ‘having uttered, with a provocative attitude, disrespectful criticism of the match official.’ This raised a few eyebrows, because these are not words that appear in the code of conduct, so it’s not entirely clear that what he did was technically a red card offence. “The motivation given for the ban is curious, because it admits criticism is a right, but adds an adjective that isn’t really connected to that,” Cantamessa told PianetaMilan.it. “Criticism must be contained, but the adjective

Leao: ‘Milan deserve Champions League spot’

Rafael Leao insists Milan ‘deserve to be in the Champions League’ and he doesn’t mind which role he takes in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence. With Ibrahimovic suspended for offending the referee, it remains to be seen if Leao will lead the way against Genoa or Mario Mandzukic. If he is not the centre-forward, then Leao could take a deeper role in support instead. “It doesn’t matter what role I play in, whether it’s as a centre-forward or winger, the important thing is to help the team, score goals, provide assists and give my best whenever I have the opportunity,” Leao told Sky Sport Italia. “Ibrahimovic is a very important player for us, both on and off the pitch, but there are other players who can

Reports claim Zlatan violated COVID restrictions

Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic allegedly violated the COVID-19 restrictions and had his friend open a restaurant in the city yesterday. The city of Milan is a red zone and the restaurants should be closed, but Fanpage claims the Swede violated the protocol and dined at his friend’s restaurant with former defender Ignazio Abate also present. La Gazzetta dello Sport has picked up a story from Fanpage, which reveals the 39-year-old asking his friend Tano Simonato to open his restaurant for them to have lunch. The report has only been partially confirmed by the owner, who only confirmed the presence of the 39-year-old and Abate. “Ibra, Ignazio [Abate] with another dear friend came to see me, we were there for a couple of hours and

‘Ibrahimovic could play the next game despite red card’

Milan’s lawyer Leandro Cantamessa says Zlatan Ibrahimovic can escape a ban if referee Fabio Maresca admits he misunderstood what the Milan striker said. The Rossoneri are waiting for the decision from the Sporting Judge after that Ibra saw red in the second half of Parma-Milan on Saturday. According to several reports, the Swede didn’t insult the referee and was sent off because of a misunderstanding. “It all depends on what Maresca writes in his report,” Milan's lawyer Cantamessa told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “If he had doubts on what he heard, he should write it, and the matter may have an unexpected and resounding twist. “If the referee admits he was wrong, then Ibra could play the next game despite being shown a red card in

Maldini: ‘Ibrahimovic close to a deal’

Paolo Maldini confirms Milan are ‘very close’ to a new contract agreement with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. ‘There are just a few minor details.’ The game with Parma kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. Mario Mandzukic returns to the bench after a long injury lay-off, having barely featured since he arrived in January. “Mandzukic is disappointed, because he hoped to be in better shape and not to get this injury, but it’s a risk every player runs,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia. The main issue at Milan right now is the negotiation of contracts, as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu and Ibrahimovic would all be free agents this summer. Is Maldini irritated at players largely asking for two-year deals

Ranieri: ‘Quagliarella is our Ibra’

Claudio Ranieri said Fabio Quagliarella is Sampdoria’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and explained why he hugged Gigio Donnarumma at halt-time. Quagliarella scored his 10th goal in 2020-21 and continues to contribute at 37 for the Blucerchiati, but his contract expires this summer. “I think he’s one of the best goalscorers of all time,” Ranieri told Radio Anch’io Sport. “An immense player, a true captain. “They asked me about Ibrahimovic ahead of the match against Milan, I said that he’s our Ibra and he fully demonstrated it at San Siro.” At half-time of the 1-1 draw between Samp and the Diavolo, Ranieri and Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma hugged, and the coach explained why. “He was back there asking for fouls, free kicks and yellow cards,” Ranieri said. “From the

Ranieri: ‘Milan aren’t only Zlatan’

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri said Milan are ‘not just Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ and wants to see a ‘strong, tenacious and resilient’ Blucerchiati at San Siro. The veteran coach pointed at the improvements made from last term and vowed to continue fighting to climb the table. “Milan, Napoli and Sampdoria are the teams that have scored the most points compared to last year,” Ranieri said at a press conference. “That’s a sign that we have worked well and I’m very happy for Milan, for Stefano Pioli, who was my player for four years, and I wish him the best of luck.” Milan have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in action tomorrow, as the 39-year-old returns in shape after having played for Sweden during the international break. “Milan are not

Bennacer: ‘Milan playing for first place’

Ismael Bennacer assures Milan are ‘playing to be first, not second or third,’ and credits Zlatan Ibrahimovic with bringing a winning mentality. The midfielder has missed much of the season due to injuries, but finally seems to be back in business. “It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this good,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There are 10 games to go and I, as everyone else in the team, will give 200 per cent. These are the final steps to achieve something huge. “We’re playing to be first, not second or third. We want to achieve the best that we possibly can and then we’ll see where we end up.” Bennacer also spoke to Reuters and credited Ibrahimovic with bringing a winning mentality to

Raiola defends Ibrahimovic against LeBron

Agent Mino Raiola defended Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic for speaking out against basketball star LeBron James in February. ‘Athletes and politics should not mix.’ In an interview with UEFA and Discovery+ in Sweden, the 39-year-old centre-forward had something to say about basketball hero LeBron James and others who use their platform as sports stars to fight for social change.  “I was not surprised,” Raiola told The Athletic. “He has a strong belief that politics and sport don’t go together and that athletes should unite people, not divide people. “I told Zlatan 25 years ago, ‘You need to be strong with the strong and weak with weak — not strong with the weak, or weak with the strong’. “It means that if you have something

Bologna Sporting Director Confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic Talks as Milan Move Stalls

Bologna Sporting Director Confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic

​Bologna are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a potential deal with the club, despite Milan's extended discussions with the former PSG star. Ibrahimovic has been without a club since leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season, and has since indicated that ​he will return to Italy in his next move. Bologna's sporting director Riccardo Bigon has now claimed that his club are currently negotiating with Ibrahimovic, with a decision on his future imminent. Speaking to Sky Sports (as quoted by ​A Bola) Bigon said: "Negotiations are taking place directly between Mihajlovic and Ibrahimovic. We know he will make a decision in December and we are very happy to be in negotiations with him right now, but we are still waiting to see what will

Ibrahimovic getting closer to Bologna?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Could this actually happen? Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be returning to Serie A very soon, but not to any of the biggest Italian clubs. He could be going to Bologna, according to reports in Italy! The media outlets in Italy are claiming that Mino Raiola is in talks with Bologna over an €8m deal with Serie A side. The legendary Swedish player is expected to leave LA Galaxy when his contract expires in December and several European clubs are eager to land him. Ibrahimovic spoke recently that he even wanted to play for Bologna and their coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who is currently fighting leukemia. Apparently, Raiola has already started talks with Serie A side over an 18 month deal, which would see Ibrahimovic stay in Italy