Thursday October 6 2011
Five more years of Ibra

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is at least five years away from retirement, the Milan player's agent has insisted.

Ibra's long-term future in the sport was placed into doubt on Wednesday after the striker suggested he was getting old and tired of the game.

However, speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Mino Raiola has underlined that his client isn't about to hang up his boots.

"Milan can stay calm," the representative noted. "He's upset with the loss against Juventus, but he'll return to being the real Ibrahimovic in a couple of days.

"I spoke to him yesterday and he isn't as down as some of his words would suggest," continued Raiola.

"It's clear that he doesn't have the same motivation as he had three years ago, but he'll play on until he's 35.

"He hasn't lost the desire to put himself under discussion. He's an honest guy with himself and others.

"I don't know if he'll stay at Milan for another five years, as that depends on the club really. You need two parties to be in agreement, but if the club make an offer…"

Ibra, now 30, has had a tough start to the season as injuries have limited him to just two Serie A games so far.

He scored in the 2-2 draw against Lazio in the opening game of the season, but was kept out by Juventus on Sunday as the Old Lady won 2-0.

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