AC Milan want to keep Zlatan: ‘It won’t be easy but we want to keep him’

AC Milan director Paulo Maldini has admitted that his club will try to extend the contract of Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer. The 38-year-old Swede signed a short-term contract in January and was expected to leave the club again this summer. However, with 10 goals in 18 appearances for the club this season Ibrahimovic has proven his worth for the club.

And Maldini now admits he wants Zlatan to stay: “We have built something this season and it should be given consistency. So next season will be trying to build on what we’ve already done,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia. “In all honesty, Zlatan is part of this project. It won’t be an easy negotiation, but we fully intend to keep him with us.”

“We have many young players who can grow exponentially with Ibra by their side”, Maldini added. “We might have different ways of achieving our objectives, but we need the same general vision of where we want to end up, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.” AC Milan finished the season with a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday and Ibrahimovic scored one goal.