Swedish club Hammarby got another dose of ‘Zlatan fever’ on Friday when the AC Milan striker all over again trained with the top-flight Stockholm side within which he owns a stake.
The club and their fans would like to see Ibrahimovic, who also trained with the squad on Monday, in their colours but the 38-year-old remained tight-lipped about his future.
Sweden’s record international scorer played a full part in training but declined to speak to the media afterwards.
Hammarby officials have made no secret of their desire to determine Ibrahimovic within the club’s green and white colours when the Allsvenskan eventually gets going after the coronavirus pandemic but they’re not too optimistic it’ll come to pass.
Asked if he would love to determine Ibra, who has won a slew of titles within the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France and whose contract with Milan ends in June, play for ‘Bajen’, as they’re known, Hammarby sporting director Jesper Jansson was clear.
“Yes, of course, but it’s nothing we’ve discussed. Him and me, we discuss and he’s a part-owner, but when he’s on the pitch he’s here to stay the football going and keep fit, so we haven’t discussed that,” Jansson told Reuters.
Hammarby assistant manager Joachim Bjorklund, Ibrahimovic’s former Sweden team mate, has little doubt he could make a control because the club, who finished third in an exceedingly very tight title race last season, seek to feature to their single league title from 2001.
“He could probably do whatever he wants within the Allsvenskan, but I don’t think that’s an option at once,” Bjorklund said.
“I know there are plenty of individuals supporting Hammarby and Zlatan, but the choice within the end is his, and only his, and if it involves that he’s over welcome to affix us.
“In these difficult times, after we still don’t have a starting date for the Allsvenskan… all the additional motivation is nice, and when he’s here training you’ll see in our players that they get motivated,” he added.
Hammarby’s Danish keeper David Ousted, who made an amazing nevertheless Chicago Fire to deny Zlatan in an MLS game with LA Galaxy last season, is enjoying going to know the Swede because the world waits for soccer to resume after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s fun, it brings a touch little bit of competitiveness,” said the 35-year-old. “People enjoy having him here, he’s an honest guy and he obviously brings the standard he should the training.
“I think it’s great, especially in these times after we don’t have a match at once,” he added.
Ibrahimovic’s acquisition of a stake in Hammarby in late 2019 prompted a violent reaction from rival fans of Malmo FF, where he made his name, and a statue in his honour outside the club’s stadium has been repeatedly vandalised.
However, a return to the Allsvenskan for the foremost dominant Swedish player of his generation would be a dream come true for many soccer fans round the country.