MILAN (AP) – Zlatan Ibrahimović is working six months to see if he can still play elite football with one of Europe's clubs.
The 38-year-old was introduced by AC Milan on Friday after signing a contract until the end of the season, with the option to extend for another year.
"These six months will be crucial to see if I'm fit and I can provide results. Otherwise, I won't just be here. It doesn't interest me," said Ibrahimović. “The challenge of being at the highest level gives me a lot of adrenaline.
"I haven't seen many 38-year-olds come back to a club like this. But if they signed me, they believe me. It's a test for me to see if I'm doing the right thing.… I got more requests at 38 than at 28 . ”
Ibrahimović said his sons helped him pick shirt number 21. He could make his debut against Sampdoria at San Siro on Monday.
Back at the club he left almost eight years ago, Ibrahimović has an immediate impact on a team in 11th place and still suffers a 5-0 defeat at Atalanta – Milan's biggest Serie A defeat in more than two decades.
“Milan is still Milan. History cannot change,” Ibrahimović said of the seven European champions. “I'm going to help the club. We can do much more, but let's go one game at a time. It's a marathon, not a 100 meter race. "
Milan football director Zvonimir Boban added: "We are convinced that Ibra can change our season and give everyone a helping hand."
Ibrahimović helped Milan win their last Serie A title in 2011. Since then, he has played at Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and LA Galaxy.
"Milan is like my home," he said. "It brings me back to the joy of playing football."
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