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Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs one-year AC Milan deal despite injury layoff

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has prolonged his career after signing a one-year contract extension with AC Milan, the club announced Monday.

Ibrahimovic, 40, is a long-term absentee for Milan after he underwent knee surgery in May and was ruled out for up to eight months.

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The Sweden striker may not play again until the new year, but that has not stopped the Serie A team from offering him a new deal.

"AC Milan is pleased to announce the renewal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract until June 30, 2023," Milan said in a statement. "The Swedish forward will continue to wear the No. 11 shirt."

Ibrahimovic made an unlikely return to Milan on a free transfer in December 2019 after spending two seasons in Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy.

The 40-year-old has scored 36 goals in 74 games in his second spell at Milan and helped the San Siro club win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.

Ibrahimovic also made a remarkable comeback for the Swedish national team last year, five years after he retired from international football. He is Sweden's record scorer, with 62 goals in 121 appearances.