Juventus midfielder Arthur says linking up with Cristiano Ronaldo will be "the realisation of a dream" as he targets Champions League success at his new club.

The Brazil international has joined Juve ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, with Miralem Pjanic having gone the opposite way and moved to Barcelona.

Arthur spent two seasons in the same side as Lionel Messi at Barca and is now relishing the prospect of playing alongside another multiple Ballon d'Or winner in Ronaldo.

"I have had the privilege of playing with great players. Playing with Ronaldo is almost the realisation of a dream," he said when presented to the media on Wednesday.

"Today is a very important day for me. I thank my family, the managers, Fabio [Paratici, chief football officer] and all those who have welcomed me."

Juventus won a ninth straight Scudetto last season but sacked head coach Maurizio Sarri after losing to Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Iconic former midfielder Andrea Pirlo was installed as Sarri's successor and Arthur is honoured to play under the Italian, who has never previously managed at senior level.

"I haven't talked to the coach in detail yet. But he played football in a unique way, different to others. I feel privileged to play for such a coach," he said. 

"Anyone with an interest in football followed his playing career."

Arthur won two trophies in his two seasons at Camp Nou, but Barca fell short in the Champions League in both campaigns.

It has been 24 years since Juve last won silverware in Europe's premier club competition and Arthur is out to change that.

"One of the main reasons for joining was this," he said. "Here I can play with important players and the Juventus project is extremely ambitious. 

"The Champions League is a priority. I will work with my team-mates to reach that goal and many others.

"We are talking about Juventus, a club with a unique history. It is a team with an important structure - all these factors will always make it unique."

Reflecting on his two years at Barca, Arthur added: "I can only thank them - ​​they had great affection for me. I was treated very well, as part of a very ambitious project."

Brahim Diaz's agent Pedro Gonzalez says Real Madrid failed to get the most out of the young midfielder and has backed his client to succeed on loan at Milan.

The 21-year-old joined Madrid in January 2019 after six years at Manchester City but has made just five LaLiga starts since then, with only substitute appearances in the top flight last season.

He previously vowed to win over head coach Zinedine Zidane, but the Spaniard is now on the verge of linking up with Milan for the 2020-21 season after flying into Malpensa airport on Wednesday.

Diaz declared himself "ready for this challenge" ahead of undergoing a medical and his representative Gonzalez is confident the ex-Man City product can become a key player at San Siro, having been underused by Zidane at Madrid.

"Brahim returned to Spain in January 2019, but in Madrid they didn't give him the required space and above all the confidence he needed," he told Tuttomercatoweb.

"He's a young player and he needs to play continuously to bring out his full potential.

"I'm convinced of the Rossoneri choice. Brahim has already lived abroad and will therefore adapt quickly to his new reality.

"His future team-mate Samu Castillejo, another great player I brought to Malaga, will help him. I say this with great pride.

"If Brahim Diaz has chosen Milan, it means he already knows he can help the team by carving out a leading role.

"I have no doubts about this. As soon as he has finished his growth path, we will talk about an absolute champion and not a promising youngster anymore."

Spain Under-21s international Diaz has scored two goals in 21 appearances for Madrid in all competitions during his 20 months at the club.

Away clashes with Inter and Milan in a hectic January could have a major say over whether Juventus continue their dominance of Serie A under Andrea Pirlo.

Legendary midfielder Pirlo was appointed Juve head coach last month after Maurizio Sarri was sacked despite guiding the Turin giants to a ninth successive Scudetto.

Inter, runners-up last season, are expected to pose the biggest threat to the champions in the upcoming season and the Nerazzurri will be at home for the first encounter between the two giants in a fixture provisionally scheduled for January 17.

Milan will be looking to kick on next season and Juve will face Stefano Pioli's side at San Siro less than a fortnight before doing battle with Inter.

Juve are due to play six Serie A matches in the first month of 2021, also taking on Udinese, Sassuolo, Bologna and Sampdoria.

Pirlo's first Serie A game in charge will come at home against Samp on September 20, with a trip to Roma following.

A title showdown could be in the offing on May 16, with the Bianconeri entertaining Inter in their penultimate game of the campaign.

The schedule, published on Wednesday, is subject to change.

 

Juventus' fixtures in full:

September 20 - Juventus v Sampdoria
September 27 - Roma v Juventus
October 4 - Juventus v Napoli
October 18 - Crotone v Juventus
October 25 - Juventus v Hellas Verona
November 1 - Spezia v Juventus
November 8 - Lazio v Juventus
November 22 - Juventus v Cagliari
November 29 - Benevento v Juventus
December 6 - Juventus v Torino
December 13 - Genoa v Juventus
December 16 - Juventus v Atalanta
December 20 - Parma v Juventus
December 23 - Juventus v Fiorentina
January 3 - Juventus v Udinese
January 6 - Milan v Juventus
January 10 - Juventus v Sassuolo
January 17 - Inter v Juventus
January 24 - Juventus v Bologna
January 31 - Sampdoria v Juventus
February 7 - Juventus v Roma
February 14 - Napoli v Juventus
February 21 - Juventus v Crotone
February 28 - Hellas Verona v Juventus
March 3 - Juventus v Spezia
March 7 - Juventus v Lazio
March 14 - Cagliari v Juventus
March 21 - Juventus v Benevento
April 3 - Torino v Juventus
April 11 - Juventus v Genoa
April 18 - Atalanta v Juventus
April 21 - Juventus v Parma
April 25 - Fiorentina v Juventus
May 2 - Udinese v Juventus
May 9 - Juventus v Milan
May 12 - Sassuolo v Juventus
May 16 - Juventus v Inter
May 23 - Bologna v Juventus

Gonzalo Higuain will leave Juventus and join a club outside Serie A, his brother and agent has confirmed.

Juve boss Andrea Pirlo confirmed last month that the striker will be allowed to leave as he will not be part of the first-team picture in 2020-21.

Higuain, who joined from Napoli in 2016 in a €90million deal, has won three Serie A titles and two Coppe Italia with the Bianconeri but spent most of 2018-19 out on loan with Milan and Chelsea.

His brother, Nicolas, says they have agreed to part ways with Juve a year before his contract expires and have already received approaches from clubs in Europe, China and the United States - although none of those are of particular interest.

"Gonzalo still has one year on his contract, but the club and Pirlo have unilaterally decided to say goodbye and we must therefore find a termination that represents a good deal for everyone," he told Tuttosport.

"We haven't yet gone into the details; we've only discussed the technical aspect. Pirlo and the management have decided there is no room for Gonzalo, so now we'll look for an agreement. I'm sure there'll be no big problems because we have a fantastic relationship with the management.

"I think it'll take a few weeks for logistical reasons. I'm in Buenos Aires and I'm struggling to get to Turin due to the pandemic. We're talking at a distance, but it'll be important to meet.

"We've had many enquiries from France, England, Spain, China, the United States... many proposals, but none to make your legs shake.

"We'll assess things calmly, but two things are for sure: Gonzalo will not play in Italy anymore, and certainly not for Boca Juniors. He grew up with River Plate and will never move to their rivals.

"He feels strong in his mind and body. He'll make the decision, but he wants to keep playing and play abroad. Maybe he'll return to Argentina in the future, but not now."

Nicolas Higuain admits he was surprised Pirlo was so quick to tell the striker to move on, although they appreciated the new coach's forthright approach.

"We expected Pirlo to give Gonzalo a chance as we are talking about a striker who has scored 350 goals in recent years. It takes 10 years to achieve that and then, unfortunately, everything is quickly forgotten," he said.

"Juve's ambition is to win the Champions League, but I don't know how many players we have who have won three league titles scoring 66 goals overall.

"But we're football people and we know these things can happen. We appreciated Pirlo's honesty. He told Gonzalo to his face what he thought."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will provide Bologna with a close-up view of what might have been when Milan begin their Serie A campaign at home on September 20.

The Swedish veteran penned a one-year extension at San Siro this week having previously been linked to a move to Sinisa Mihajlovic's side.

Ibrahimovic's decision will have been swayed in part by a sensational finish to the previous campaign, which saw Milan go unbeaten in 13 games across all competitions when football in Italy resumed after the suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Milan will aim to build on that form, which yielded a sixth-place finish, during a favourable-looking opening that sees home games with Bologna and Spezia sandwich a trip a Crotone, though the derby with Inter and a clash against Roma at San Siro follow.

Lazio will be the last visitors to Milan of 2020 on December 23, while the Rossoneri host Juventus on January 6 in one of six matches – which include a visit from Atalanta – that month.

The second clash against Inter takes place on February 21, while a trip to Turin to face champions Juventus is on May 9 in one of three away games from Milan's last four matches.

Stefano Pioli, who signed a new two-year contract as head coach in July, takes his side to Atalanta – who finished third last season – on the final day on May 23.

The schedule, published on September 2, is subject to change.

Milan's fixtures in full:

September 20 - Milan v Bologna
September 27 - Crotone v Milan
October 4 - Milan v Spezia
October 18 - Inter v Milan
October 25 - Milan v Roma
November 1 - Udinese v Milan
November 8 - Milan v Hellas Verona
November 22 - Napoli v Milan
November 29 - Milan v Fiorentina
December 6 - Sampdoria v Milan
December 13 - Milan v Parma
December 16 - Genoa v Milan
December 20 - Sassuolo v Milan
December 23 - Milan v Lazio
January 3 - Benevento v Milan
January 6 - Milan v Juventus
January 10 - Milan v Torino
January 17 - Cagliari v Milan
January 24 - Milan v Atalanta
January 31 - Bologna v Milan
February 7 - Milan v Crotone
February 14 - Spezia v Milan
February 21 - Milan v Inter
February 28 - Roma v Milan
March 3 - Milan v Udinese
March 7 - Hellas Verona v Milan
March 14 - Milan v Napoli
March 21 - Fiorentina v Milan
April 4 - Milan v Sampdoria
April 11 - Parma v Milan
April 18 - Milan v Genoa
April 21 - Milan v Sassuolo
April 25 - Lazio v Milan
May 2 - Milan v Benevento
May 9 - Juventus v Milan
May 12 - Torino v Milan
May 16 - Milan v Cagliari
May 23 - Atalanta v Milan

Inter are scheduled to face Juventus in Turin on the penultimate day of the Serie A season in what could be a title-deciding showdown.

Antonio Conte's side finished just a point behind champions Juve in 2019-20 after suffering just four defeats in 38 games, two of which came against the Old Lady.

The Nerazzurri are set to meet Juve on matchday 37 in 2020-21 before concluding the campaign at home to Udinese.

Inter can expect a tricky start to their title challenge. They begin away to Benevento on September 20 before consecutive games against Fiorentina, Lazio and city rivals Milan.

They face Atalanta away on November 8 and Napoli at San Siro on December 16, with their final match before the mid-season break seeing them head to Hellas Verona on December 23.

The home meeting with Juve takes place on January 17 during a month in which Inter are scheduled to play six Serie A matches.

Three of their final four games will be at home, with the games against Juve and Udinese preceded by clashes with Sampdoria and Roma.

The schedule, published on September 2, is subject to change.

Inter's fixtures in full:

September 20 - Benevento v Inter
September 27 - Inter v Fiorentina
October 4 - Lazio v Inter
October 18 - Inter v Milan
October 25 - Genoa v Inter
November 1 - Inter v Parma
November 8 - Atalanta v Inter
November 22 - Inter v Torino
November 29 - Sassuolo v Inter
December 6 - Inter v Bologna
December 13 - Cagliari v Inter
December 16 - Inter v Napoli
December 20 - Inter v Spezia
December 23 - Hellas Verona v Inter
January 3 - Inter v Crotone
January 6 - Sampdoria v Inter
January 10 - Roma v Inter
January 17 - Inter v Juventus
January 24 - Udinese v Inter
January 31 - Inter v Benevento
February 7 - Fiorentina v Inter
February 14 - Inter v Lazio
February 21 - Milan v Inter
February 28 - Inter v Genoa
March 3 - Parma v Inter
March 7 - Inter v Atalanta
March 14 - Torino v Inter
March 21 - Inter v Sassuolo
April 3 - Bologna v Inter
April 11 - Inter v Cagliari
April 18 - Napoli v Inter
April 21 - Spezia v Inter
April 25 - Inter v Hellas Verona
May 2 - Crotone v Inter
May 9 - Inter v Sampdoria
May 12 - Inter v Roma
May 16 - Juventus v Inter
May 23 - Inter v Udinese

Juventus are at home to Sampdoria in Andrea Pirlo's first Serie A game as head coach and Atalanta travel to Lazio for the standout fixture of the opening matchday.

Pirlo was appointed as Maurizio Sarri's successor last month and the legendary midfielder will set about trying to mastermind a 10th consecutive Scudetto with a clash against Samp at Allianz Stadium on September 20.

Juve are then away to Roma in a mouthwatering second Serie A match of Italy great Pirlo's reign.

Great entertainers Atalanta get their campaign under way at home to Lazio in an encounter between the sides that finished third and fourth respectively last season.

Inter, runners-up in the 2019-20 campaign are on the road at newly promoted Benevento and Milan face Bologna at San Siro, with Roma heading to Hellas Verona.

The penultimate round of fixtures will see Juve entertain Inter and Roma the home side in a derby battle with Lazio.

October 18 is the schedule date for the first Milan derby, with the second to take place on February 21.

 

Serie A matchday one fixtures:

Benevento v Inter
Fiorentina v Torino
Genoa v Crotone
Juventus v Sampdoria
Lazio v Atalanta
Milan v Bologna
Parma v Napoli
Sassuolo v Cagliari
Udinese v Spezia
Hellas Verona v Roma

With a crucial meeting set to take place in the Lionel Messi saga, the Barcelona star has reportedly agreed to a deal with Manchester City.

Messi, 33, has sensationally requested to leave the LaLiga giants, where he has spent his entire professional career.

But just whether a move happens could hinge on an upcoming meeting.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI AGREES €700M DEAL WITH CITY

Messi has agreed to terms on a deal worth £623million (€700m) with the City Football Group (CFG), which owns Manchester City, according to the Daily Record.

The deal is reportedly five years in length, including three in Manchester and two with MLS side New York City.

A six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi is set for a Barcelona exit after a tumultuous and trophy-less 2019-20 season.

 

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- Messi's dad, Jorge, is set to meet with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, according to Mundo Deportivo. It reports Jorge is drafting an exit for Messi, but Barcelona plan to tell him the superstar has a contract and they will not negotiate. It also reports Barca are preparing to offer Messi a renewal until the 2022 World Cup.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio says Barcelona made an approach for Lautaro Martinez but the striker is now "out of the market".

Martinez had been strongly linked with a move to Barca earlier in the year, particularly during the coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

Speculation was rife during that period, with media reports claiming Barca saw Martinez as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

But such has been the in-house turbulence at Barca over the past couple months, especially after Lionel Messi asked to leave, links between the Catalans and Martinez have gone quiet.

Martinez had a release clause in his contract until July but following its expiration, Inter consider the Argentina international to be untransferable.

"There was an approach for the player from Barcelona, ​​but we never started a negotiation," Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.

"There was a clause that was never triggered and from the day it expired we considered Lautaro out of the market."

But that is not to say Inter will not be doing any business with Barca.

The Serie A side have been linked with Arturo Vidal as Barca hold something of a fire sale, and Ausilio says the midfielder is an option for Inter if the price is right.

"We like Arturo Vidal for sure but he's a Barcelona player right now," he said. "If they'll let him go under the right conditions, we'll consider signing him."

Lionel Messi will not be joining Inter as the Serie A side's financial situation means they must sell before they can buy, according to sporting director Piero Ausilio.

Messi rocked Barcelona last week when he informed them of his desire to leave the club, with his contract containing a clause that would have allowed him to end his stay at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

While that clause is said to have expired at the end of May, Messi is adamant it is still valid because the season was extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speculation has run wild about his next move ever since the news came to light and most agreed the likeliest destinations were Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter, who had been tentatively linked with Messi in previous months.

But Ausilio seems adamant that Inter are simply not in a strong enough position financially to be able to pull off such a deal.

"There is nothing between Messi and Inter," he told Sky Sport Italia. "I don't know where these thoughts came from.

"There is no team that does not want such a player, but the reality is different. Ours is that of a careful and prudent market, focusing above all on sales.

"We know what we have to do and, through the exits, we will have to be able to finance the income to improve the team.

"At the international level, I don't see big movements. We know our possibilities and we don't have to specify our strategies every day.

"We want to improve our team, but we know our difficulties. To date we have limited resources that we can only improve through the market."

To that end, Inter apparently had to admit defeat in their pursuit of sought-after Brescia midfield Sandro Tonali, who appears destined for bitter rivals Milan in a deal which could be worth €30million.

"I can't say I had Tonali in my hands as I've never started a real negotiation with Brescia," Ausilio added. "Tonali is a good player, but at the moment Inter are unable to make an investment of that type and have not considered the player as a priority.

"I repeat that we must first think about thinning [the squad] and then buying."

But negotiations with Roma and Aleksandar Kolarov are progressing and Ausilio seemed optimistic an agreement could be found for the 34-year-old wing-back.

"For Kolarov, on the other hand, there is a negotiation with Roma and with the player," he confirmed.

"We are carrying out the situation in a clear and transparent way. There are still several things to solve, but he is a player that we are interested in and that we can take under certain conditions."

Napoli have denied their players undergo cryotherapy treatment in dirty rubbish bins.

The Serie A club responded to the suggestion after a photo of players using tall bins for ice baths during a training session was shared on social media.

Napoli insisted it is common practice among elite clubs and, in addition, fulfils the requirements set out in measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

"It's embarrassing how some sections of the media have reported the news that Napoli players have been undergoing cryotherapy in rubbish bins, without at least verifying the reasons behind this initiative and whether it was [head coach Gennaro] Gattuso's idea or a common practice," they posted on Twitter.

"We will do the work which hasn't been done, shall we? Question: why are you using bins? Because there is much more space and the players are submerged up to their waists. Also, bins are in line with the anti-COVID protocols as each player is submerged alone.

"Question: are the bins clean or dirty? Obviously, not only are they clean, but also new, unused and are sanitised three times a day.

"Question: are you the only club to use this method? No, many teams do.

"Question: so it wasn't Gattuso's idea? No."

Napoli finished seventh in Serie A and were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 last season but qualified for the 2020-21 Europa League by winning the Coppa Italia.

With Donny van de Beek set to arrive, are Manchester United targeting another new signing?

RB Leipzig defender and France international Dayot Upamecano is reportedly high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's list as the United manager eyes a partner for captain Harry Maguire.

It could be a busy transfer window for United.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED WANT UPAMECANO

Manchester United are targeting RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, according to ESPN.

United are poised to complete the signing of star Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and the Red Devils are now eyeing further recruits.

While United continue to pursue Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, the Premier League giants have made French defender Upamecano – who signed a new deal until 2023 – a top transfer target. Upamecano has also been linked to the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

 

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Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona but his possible move to Manchester City could prove difficult. Tuesday's Mundo Deportivo claims City will abandon their bid to bring Messi to Manchester if they are forced to pay a transfer fee for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner. Messi feels he is a free agent following the 2019-20 season.

- Fabrizio Romano reports United expect to receive a bid from Roma for defender Chris Smalling, who spent the 2019-20 season on loan in the Italian capital. It comes as the Red Devils eye a new centre-back.

- Sky Sport reports Milan are set to complete a one-year loan deal for Real Madrid's Brahim Diaz. The 21-year-old Spaniard has struggled for game time since arriving in 2019. Le10 Sport, meanwhile, says Milan are very interested in Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who has been previously linked to the likes of United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Madrid.

James Rodriguez is on the cusp of leaving Madrid for Carlo Ancelotti's Everton, according to Romano.

- Calciomercato claims Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain is in advanced talks to join former team-mate Blaise Matuidi at David Beckham's Inter Miami in MLS.

Arturo Vidal wants to terminate his Barca contract, says Sky Sport Italia. Gianluca Di Marzio also reports Inter are already in talks about signing the former Juve midfielder.

- France Football says Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has agreed personal terms with City amid interest from United and PSG.

Jesper Olsen said there is "no doubt" Hakim Ziyech will be a success for Frank Lampard's Chelsea after leaving Dutch giants Ajax.

Ziyech is preparing for his first season in the Premier League following his £33.3million arrival at Stamford Bridge from Ajax in July.

The Morocco international winger, who provided at least 10 assists in each of his six previous campaigns in Amsterdam, impressed in his first appearance for Chelsea as the Blues drew 1-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion in last week's friendly.

Olsen, who won back-to-back Eredivisie titles and the KNVB Cup during his time with Ajax between 1981 and 1984 before joining Manchester United, told Stats Perform News: "There's no doubt he will be a success at Chelsea.

"I think Frank Lampard has done a really good job. He knows the club inside out. Seems to be very good in terms of management and playing style. This is the important thing, he wants to attack and play offensive football. That will not be a problem [for Ziyech].

"The players coming out of Ajax, they are like that. Being a defender or midfielder, you are attacking-minded. No doubt about that."

Meanwhile, former Denmark international Olsen's countryman Christian Eriksen has endured a difficult start to life at Inter.

Eriksen swapped Tottenham for Antonio Conte's Inter in January, however, the Danish star was unable to establish himself in the starting line-up.

Of Eriksen's 17 Serie A appearances, only eight of them were starts as Inter finished second behind champions Juventus, while he only started two of the club's six Europa League fixtures en route to the final.

"I'm sure a big change from the Premier League," Olsen – a 43-time Denmark international winger – said. "London and then you go to Milan, a fantastic place. A very good team as well. I'm sure the way they do things is different to how they did things at Tottenham.

"It takes time I'm sure to settle in. Christian can play in any team really. He is probably one of those players you sometimes don't notice as much but he always does his job. Always solid and you can rely on him. I'm sure he will come good.

"He is probably happy the season has come to an end so he can get to know the place a bit better and to settle in for the new season. The way he is as a player, I'm sure he will come good."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set his sights on bringing Milan back "where they deserve to be" after signing a new one-year contract with the Serie A club. 

The former Sweden captain made a considerable impact following his arrival in January, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances. 

He has now penned a fresh deal with the club and expects the Rossoneri to challenge for silverware in the 2020-21 campaign. 

"I came here to bring Milan back to their level, where they deserve to be," he told Milan TV. "I do everything to achieve the goals I set.

"We have to work and sacrifice, but the last six months we have shown we have what it takes to reach certain goals.

"We must not forget, however, that we have not won anything. In my head, the goal is always to win something. This season we have to win."

Milan ended their 2019-20 Serie A campaign on an unbeaten run of 12 games to finish sixth and secure a Europa League spot, and Ibrahimovic insists those standards need to be maintained. 

"Milan must continue how the season ended, we must work and believe, as we have done recently," he added.

"We must play with pride and confidence, remembering that when you put on the Milan shirt it's a great privilege but at the same time a source of pressure.

"The whole team did well and understood what it takes to get to the top. Now, we must work well from the first day."

The 38-year-old spent two seasons with Milan between 2010 and 2012 and says it feels like home. 

"I have always felt part of Milan, even when I played with other teams," he explained. "They always treated me well from day one.

"When I first arrived at Milan, I smiled. Something I have never done before in my job. I feel at home and I don't feel like I have been away."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a Milan player again in the 2020-21 season after signing a new contract with the Serie A club.

The long-running saga surrounding the former Sweden captain's future is finally over, the Rossoneri confirming on Monday he has penned a one-year deal.

Ibrahimovic was expected to remain at San Siro having made a considerable impact since rejoining in January, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.

The 38-year-old striker had given an indication over his intentions on social media, tweeting out a picture of him in action for Milan - with a shirt doctored to have the number 11 on the back, rather than 21 - as he wrote: "Like I said I'm just warming up @acmilan". 

Ibrahimovic re-joined his team-mates for training at Milanello Sports Center before his new deal, that runs until June 30 next year, was confirmed later in the day.

One of the best strikers of his generation, Ibrahimovic spent two years with Milan earlier in his distinguished career, a stint that included securing the Serie A title in 2011. 

He moved on to Paris Saint-Germain the following year and then had spells with Manchester United and LA Galaxy before opting to return to Italy.

His decision to continue at Milan is a boost for head coach Stefano Pioli, who signed a contract extension in July following a strong finish to the season.

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