Ibrahimovic: “Donnarumma Is the Best, Giroud Is Welcome at Milan”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic discussed his season and some transfer market topics related to Milan in an interview. He showed appreciation for his job, with his usual style: “Football made me meet many people, travel, experience different cultures. It allowed me to have this life. In return, I gave it the most complete striker in the world.” He spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He will skip the Euro because of a knee injury: “I am more disappointed for Milan on that front because I missed many matches. I wish I were able to help them more; I normally play 50 games per season. Maybe I should have been more realistic and less demanding on my body, but I can not really do that. It would not have made sense to participate in the competition without being 100 percent.”

“Despite the physical problems, these 18 months with Milan have been great. We qualified for the Champions League; the fans truly deserved it. We wanted to win the title, and we were right there. The mentality and the group improved, in this way also the single players get better.”

On Gianluigi Donnarumma leaving: “I am very sorry for it. He could have been the starting goalkeeper for 20 maybe years. He is the best in the world. He could have become Mister Milan, like Paolo Maldini. It is tough to attribute a monetary value to that. It takes two to tango. I would tell him to stay.”

Olivier Giroud is inching closer to Milan: “The more high-profile players we manage to add, the better. He is very experienced, and we do not have many who have won trophies on the roster. He is certainly welcome here. This is a nice and well-guided group, very willing to learn.”