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Ibrahimovic pledges future to Milan

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has quashed speculation surrounding his future by saying he will remain with AC Milan for a third season despite supposed financial problems at the club.

Ibrahimovic pledges future to Milan

“At Milan, the problem is the club’s economic situation but I will respect my contract,” Ibrahimovic said at Sweden’s pre-Euro 2012 training camp in quotes picked up by the Italian media.

“I will return to training with Milan in July. But at the moment the club does not have the means to go out and buy the five players they need.”

“Two players have been brought in thus far (Bakaye Traore from Nancy and Riccardo Montolivo from Fiorentina), perhaps a third one will arrive.”

“The more we play together, the more we will improve. Look at Chelsea, who were not the strongest team but still won (the Champions League),” added Ibrahimovic, who was the leading scorer in Serie A in the season just finished with 28 goals.

Questions had been raised about Ibrahimovic’s future following posts from a Twitter account that were attributed to him.

“I don’t use Twitter. Whenever a new transfer window opens people always talk about me,” he said.

Among the clubs mentioned as potential suitors have included English Premier League champions Manchester City. Ibrahimovic previously played under City manager Roberto Mancini during his time at Inter.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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