Sport Ibrahimovic happy to extend Milan contract, suggests Maldini
Boost for Donnarumma suitors as Maldini admits Milan contract talks 'frozen'
Gianluigi Donnarumma is attracting interest ahead of his contract expiring this summer and Milan have paused talks over a new deal.The 21-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season and he is weighing up the possibility of leaving a club for whom he has made 228 senior appearances since breaking into the first team at the age of just 16.
Milan technical director Paolo Maldini suggested Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in line to extend his contract with the Serie A leaders.
Ibrahimovic has been a revelation since returning to Milan for a second spell in January last year, the evergreen 39-year-old spearheading the club's Scudetto charge this term.
The star forward passed 500 club goals in Milan's 4-0 Serie A rout of Crotone, increasing his tally to 501 with his sixth league brace of the season on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic is one of the two players, alongside Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, to have scored the most braces in the top five European leagues in 2020-21, while the former Sweden international has netted 14 Serie A goals in 11 appearances this season - 16 across all competitions.
Milan builds up the pressure
© Supplied by Sofoot Bologna 1-2 Milan Goals: Poli (81st) for Bologna // Rebić (26th) and Kessié (55th, s.p.) for Milan Milan regains color. After the slap received against Atalanta (0-3) and the disillusionment in midweek in the Italian Cup in the derby against Inter (2-1) , the Rossoneri resumed their march forward to Bologna. From the start, the Milanese are in the game and it takes a great Łukasz Skorupski to prevent the Pioli guys from taking the advantage.
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Out of contract at season's end, Maldini was asked about Ibrahimovic's future as Milan also look to re-sign stars Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu.
"We are one of the youngest teams in Europe and we need a leader like Ibrahimovic," Maldini told BeIN Sports.
"We tried to sign him in 2018 when he was playing for LA Galaxy.
"He's told us that the contract extension depends on his body, but if he carries on like this, I don't see why he shouldn't be continuing.
"We have three players with expiring contracts in 2022, we are working. There must be to parties happy to continue together, footballers are professional who only think about the pitch, we hope we are going to reach agreements soon."
Milan are two points clear of city rivals Inter atop the table as they prepare to visit Spezia on Saturday.
Spezia surprises pomady Milan with cunning and skill .
AC Milan suffered an unexpected setback in the championship race. At the newcomer Spezia Calcio, the Rossoneri appeared much too pomadic and received the receipt for it. © imago images He hit Milan right in the middle: Simone Bastoni. After Juve had lost the duel 0: 1 in Naples on this 22nd Serie A matchday, championship leaders Milan had the chance to widen the gap to the pursuers with a three at Spezia.