Monday September 21 2020
Rangnick: 'It's not about me not liking Ibra, but...'

Ralf Rangnick has said Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in ‘great shape’ at 38 but continued to claim the signing ‘was a contradiction in itself’.

The Rossoneri approached Rangnick earlier this year but the former RB Leipzig coach’s move fell through after internal disagreements at the club.

Rangnick, who seemed poised to take over at San Siro, felt the club did not share his vision when they signed veteran Ibrahimovic, who left LA Galaxy in January.

“It’s not about me not liking Ibrahimovic,” Rangnick told Financial Times. “Why shouldn’t I?

“At the age of 38, he’s still in fantastic shape. He can still be decisive for winning games.

“But the question is, which pathway do you want to go? What is Milan?... For me, the signing of Ibrahimovic at the time was a contradiction in itself…

“Because of the way that [the owners said] they wanted to go.”