Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “like a father” in the Milan dressing room, according to Rossoneri midfielder Brahim Diaz.
The 40-year-old striker only started 12 games across all competitions for Stefano Pioli’s side during the 2021-22 campaign, which ended with Milan claiming their first Serie A title in 11 years.
Ibrahimovic is now out for up to eight months following an operation on his left knee last month, and with his contract expiring at the end of June, his future is up in the air.
Diaz, on loan at San Siro from Real Madrid, has hailed the iconic striker’s contribution to Milan’s recent success, claiming he improves those around him.
Speaking at an awards ceremony hosted by Marca, Diaz said: “Ibrahimovic is my father’s age, but he still makes a difference. For me, he is like a father in the locker room.
“He has made my life easier because when I have the ball I have to pass it to him and if I don’t he doesn’t get angry.
“He is an incredible player, with great charisma and who loves to win.
“He likes to work in training and he also passes it on to others. He makes all the players better because he pushes you to always give your best.”
Diaz scored four goals in 40 appearances across all competitions last season.