Sunday Apr 26, 2020. 12:00
Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng has urged his former club AC Milan to keep hold of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The midfielder-cum-striker has had two spells with the former Serie A giants where he played with the Ibrahimovic, 38, in his first stint.
Swedish superstar Ibrahimovic rejoined Milan midway through the current season on a six-month contract and he has netted four goals in 10 competitive games.
“Milan must keep him [Ibrahimovic], he knows how to make a difference,” Boateng told Sky Sports Italia with the current Serie A season having been suspended due to coronavirus pandemic.
“It was easy for me to play with him, I understood it immediately. He asks a lot of his teammates, but he gave me a lot of space, he gave me balls that I dreamed of.
“He was the perfect companion. He criticised everyone if he didn’t get the ball well or if you were wrong in front of the goal, but in doing so he was teaching.”
Current Besiktas JK player Boateng revealed that former Milan president Silvio Berlusconi was a big fan of him.
“[Silvio] Berlusconi convinced me at the exact moment he called my number,” Boateng, who is on loan at Turkish giants Besiktas from Italian club Fiorentina, said.
“The day after me and my agent went to him to Arcore: ‘My son why don’t you come back?’, He asked me “Right away,” I replied. He didn’t give a damn about the holidays.”
The 33-year-old feels that his former coach at German side Schalke 04, Ralf Rangnick is the right man to manage Milan, who have been struggling in Serie A in the last six years.
“He [Rangnick] can help a lot, he looks at football and beyond,” Boateng said.
“He is a very intelligent person who evaluates many details. What he has built proves it. He knows how to talk to the players and this is his key.”
Rangnick currently serves as head of sport and development at Red Bull GmbH, and Milan are under the guidance of Stefano Pioli.