The coach described his veteran ahead as a “champion” after he ended the season in tremendous trend on Saturday
Ibrahimovic – aged 38 years and 302 days – grew to become the oldest participant to attain 10-plus targets in a Serie A season along 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 targets 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 targets in Serie A.
“He’s a champion in all the things he does, he has made a vital 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.”
“Now we have constructed one thing this season and it needs to be given consistency. So subsequent season shall be making an attempt to construct on what we have already achieved,” Milan director Paolo Maldini informed Sky Sport Italia pre-game.
“In all honesty, Zlatan is a part of this challenge. It will not be a simple negotiation, however we absolutely intend to maintain him with us. Now we have many younger gamers who can develop exponentially with Ibra by their facet.
“We’d have other ways of attaining our aims, however we want the identical common 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 for the reason that restart, with Ragnar Klavan’s personal purpose and Samu Castillejo’s effort capping a sixth-placed end for Pioli’s facet.
In-form Milan (35) have scored essentially the most targets 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 crew ended the marketing campaign within the midst of a 12-game unbeaten run within the league, added: “The boys have been distinctive, a incredible return with wonderful performances. Past the constructive outcomes, it was vital to create a mentality, it have to be a foundation on which to construct an much more satisfying future.
“Now we have confidence and conviction, we additionally want high quality. It implies that now we have these values. We shut the season with satisfaction. We hoped we might not should do the playoffs however we are going to face them with conviction. We have to shut the hole with the highest groups.”