ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC’S AC Milan future is not yet guaranteed, according to Mino Raiola.
The agent is “optimistic” of the Swede’s expired contract at the San Siro being renewed after lengthy negotiations.
A fresh £104,000-a-week deal is said to be on the table for Ibrahimovic, 38 after he bagged 11 goals in 20 games to rejuvenate Milan after his January arrival.
But, despite reports of an agreement nearing completion, Raiola has challenged Milan’s hedge fund owners Elliott to demonstrate why the striker should sign on the dotted line.
He told Sky Sports Italia: “He won’t be there tomorrow, for the moment.
“We are still talking, but there is no agreement yet.
“It’s not about money, but of conviction and style.
“It takes two to make a marriage work and if Ibrahimovic didn’t want to remain with the Rossoneri, then there wouldn’t be a negotiation.
We are in a very sensitive phase of the negotiations.
“Elliott have to make choices, different ones. They know how to make decisions in the financial world, but need to learn how to make them in the sporting world too.
“We are in a very sensitive phase of the negotiations and I don’t wish to say more.
“I am always optimistic. I don’t work to create problems, but to find solutions.”
Ibrahimovic made a sensational return to Milan at the start of the year after a spell in the USA with LA Galaxy.
His form led Stefano Pioli’s side to sixth in Serie A and Europa League qualification.
And while he now appears to be nearing another year at the club, he had previously stated his pessimism at a deal being reached.
Ibra said last month: “Nobody said anything to me and I don’t expect anything else.”