Ac Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has hinted that he is open to once again don his country’s jersey.
The Swedish Football Association on Thursday stated that the AC Milan striker is in talks with Sweden head coach Janne Andersson about a potential return to the national team.
Ibrahimović retired from international duty in 2016 as Sweden’s all-time leading scorer with 62 goals in 116 games.
The Swedish FA confirmed that Andersson travelled on Wednesday evening to meet with Ibrahimović following the striker’s apparent interest and impressive recent form in the colours of Italian giants Milan.
Ibrahimovic is in his second stint at AC Milan and showing no signs of slowing down. The 39-year-old hitman leads the Serie A scoring charts with 10 goals this season, more than half of Milan’s total tally of 19.
“When Zlatan opened the door to play for the national team it felt natural and important to meet and discuss it as soon as possible,” said Andersson in a statement.
“The meeting was good and fruitful, and we agreed on continuing the dialogue.”
Ibrahimović expressed his desire for a return to the international stage on Wednesday after winning Sweden’s Footballer of the Year award for the 12th time.
“If you ask me, I’ll be honest: yes, I miss the national team. It’s no secret,” he told Swedish daily Aftonbladet. “The one who does not miss it, he has already finished his career. And I have not finished my career.”
A few weeks ago, the former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester United forward posted an old photo of himself on social media, wearing a Sweden shirt and the captain’s armband with the phrase “Long time no see”.
Sweden have qualified for next year’s European Championship.
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