Swedish FA: Zlatan Ibrahimovic in talks about restarting international career

Zlatan Ibrahimović has signed a new one-year contract to stay at Milan for the 2020-21 season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in talks with Sweden’s head coach Janne Andersson about a possible return to the national team, the Swedish Football Association said on Thursday.

The news comes just a day after the 39-year-old, who retired from international soccer after the 2016 World Cup, hinted that he was open to donning his country’s jersey again.

The Swedish federation said Janne Andersson traveled Wednesday night to meet with Ibrahimovic and discuss the possibility following the forward’s apparent interest and his impressive recent form with AC Milan.

He leads the Serie A scorers table with 10 goals this season, more than half of Milan’s total of 19 goals.

“When Zlatan opened the door to play for the national team, it felt natural and important to get together and discuss it as soon as possible,” Andersson said in a statement.

“The meeting was good and fruitful and we agreed to continue the dialogue.”

Ibrahimovic expressed his desire to return to the international scene on Wednesday after winning the Swedish Footballer of the Year award for the twelfth time.

“If you ask me, I’ll be honest: yes, I miss the national team,” he told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. “It is no secret.”

“He who does not miss it, has already finished his career. And I have not finished my career ”.

However, Ibrahimovic, who scored 62 goals in 116 international matches, was more cryptic when asked how he would respond if Janne Andersson called him.

“Give me time, I have to think about it,” he said.

Earlier this month he posted an old photo of himself on social media, wearing a Swedish jersey and captain’s armband with the phrase “Long time no see.”

Janne Andersson at first seemed less in love with the idea when Aftonbladet cornered him as well.

“I am quite upset. He told me in 2016 that he wanted to retire and I respected his choice. So now it’s his turn, ”Andersson said.

The manager also said that Ibrahimovic would have said “clearly” if he wanted to join and that it would still be up to him if the forward would rejoin the team.

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