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Ibrahimovic scotches retirement talk: "I'm just warming up!"

Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems determined to continue his playing career, despite suggestions the 38-year-old AC Milan striker could retire.

Ibrahimovic rules out retirement: I'm just warming up!

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic appearas to have ruled out imminent retirement, insisting in a video post on social media: "I'm just warming up!"

AC Milan boss Pioli keen for Ibrahimovic to stay

The former Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United forward joined Milan on a short-term deal in December, but there is uncertainty over his long-term future.

Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli is keen to keep the player at San Siro, with a move to Silvio Berlusconi's Monza or a return to his native Sweden having also been mooted.

It has also been suggested Ibrahimovic could retire when the 2019-20 Serie A season concludes in August, just two months prior to his 39th birthday.

"I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic and I'm just warming up!"

However, in an Instagram video published on Saturday, Ibrahimovic said: "So you think that I'm done, that my career will soon be over. You don't know me.

"All my life I had to fight. No one believed in me, so I had to believe in myself.

"Some people wanted to break me, but they only made me stronger. Others wanted to exploit me; they only made me smarter. And now you think I'm done?

"To all of you, I only have one thing to say: I'm not like you, because I'm not you. I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic and I'm just warming up!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

and i'm just warming up

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Seven goals in 16 Serie A games since re-joining Milan

Ibrahimovic has scored seven goals in 16 Serie A appearances this season, helping Milan to find some resurgent form that has put them sixth in the table with two games to go.