Stefano Pioli praised the impact of 38-year-old star Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his return to San Siro.
Milan head coach Stefano Pioli said the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been “really important” for the Serie A side.
Ibrahimovic is back at Milan for a second time after returning to the Rossoneri – where he won the Scudetto in 2010-11 – at the end of his LA Galaxy contract.
The 38-year-old star has made an immediate impact, scoring in Milan’s 2-0 Serie A victory away to Cagliari last week – only his second appearance.
Ibrahimovic was an unused substitute as Milan eased past SPAL 3-0 in the Coppa Italia last 16 on Wednesday, ahead of Udinese’s league visit on Sunday, and Pioli hailed the striker amid the club’s struggles.
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“Ibra will improve giving us great satisfaction. He is so professional, he is so driven in all the things he does. It is unbelievable seeing a great champion like him working hard. It’s important for a young team like us.
“After Cagliari he said to work hard and with passion so we can get a reward. This is the most important thing.”
Without a Scudetto since Ibrahimovic’s first spell, Milan are 10th in Serie A and 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Atalanta, while they are 23 points behind leaders Juventus.