The coach described his veteran ahead as a “champion” after he ended the season in tremendous vogue on Saturday
Ibrahimovic – aged 38 years and 302 days – grew to become the oldest participant to attain 10-plus objectives in a Serie A season together with his strike in opposition to Cagliari in Saturday’s 2019-20 finale at San Siro.
After having a penalty saved, Ibrahimovic netted within the 55th minute to take his tally to 10 objectives in simply 18 top-flight appearances since re-joining Milan from MLS outfit LA Galaxy in January.
Pioli heaped reward on the evergreen veteran striker, telling Milan TV: “Do not inform him he is the oldest to have scored 10 objectives in Serie A.
“He’s a champion in all the things he does, he has made an important contribution. Our enhancements have gone hand in hand, individually and collectively.
“The boys could have a well-deserved relaxation however quickly they must resume coaching at dwelling as in the course of the lockdown.”
“We’ve got constructed one thing this season and it ought to be given consistency. So subsequent season shall be making an attempt to construct on what we have already carried out,” Milan director Paolo Maldini instructed Sky Sport Italia pre-game.
“In all honesty, Zlatan is a part of this venture. It will not be a simple negotiation, however we totally intend to maintain him with us. We’ve got many younger gamers who can develop exponentially with Ibra by their facet.
“We would have other ways of reaching our targets, however we’d like the identical normal imaginative and prescient of the place we need to find yourself, in any other case I would not be right here.”
Milan – impressed by Ibrahimovic – have been rejuvenated because the restart, with Ragnar Klavan’s personal aim and Samu Castillejo’s effort capping a sixth-placed end for Pioli’s facet.
In-form Milan (35) have scored essentially the most objectives in Europe’s top-five league since Serie A resumed in June following the coronavirus-enforced break, whereas solely Actual Madrid (31) have gained extra factors than the Italian powerhouse (30) in these top-five leagues over the identical interval – a run that led to being retained as coach.
Pioli, whose workforce ended the marketing campaign within the midst of a 12-game unbeaten run within the league, added: “The boys have been distinctive, a unbelievable return with glorious performances. Past the optimistic outcomes, it was essential to create a mentality, it should be a foundation on which to construct an much more satisfying future.
“We’ve got confidence and conviction, we additionally want high quality. It implies that we have now these values. We shut the season with satisfaction. We hoped we’d not must do the playoffs however we’ll face them with conviction. We have to shut the hole with the highest groups.”