AC Milan have reacted to Zlatan Ibrahimovic calling them 'desperate' in the transfer window by releasing a formal statement.
The Paris Saint-Germain star was discussing his future in an interview when he was asked about the interest shown in him by his former-club, and he stated that interest was there from Milan, but he felt they were desperate.
Eventually Ibrahimovic stayed in Paris, with the club refusing to cash in on him despite having just 12-months left on his contract, and Milan turned to another former player in the shape of Mario Balotelli from Liverpool.
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The Serie A outfit secured the Italian on a season-long loan after he spent just one season at Anfield following his £16million move.
However, Balotelli wasn't their initial target, Ibrahimovic was and the club were labelled as desperate from the Swedish international and that's why he rejected the chance to rejoin them.
Ibrahimovic Calls Milan Desperate
The striker said on www.expressen.se: "I know that Milan were a bit desperate.
"As I said before, when there is interest from other clubs, it's (agent Mino Raiola) who takes care of it - you'll have to ask him.
"The only thing I can say about any interest is that I take it as a compliment that there is interest in me. That means I'm still performing and that makes me happy.
"I have not discussed anything. Mino Raiola will take care of it if something happens. If I had decided that something would happen, I would have discussed it. But during this summer, I've simply rested."
AC Milan Statement
After reading the comments made by their former-star, AC Milan have reacted by releasing a formal statement dismissing the claims that they were desperate.
"Milan are not desperate," a club statement read.
"The great Ibra knows that he, and along with his agent, is bewildered by the storm created by his comments, the translation given and above all for the way they were interpreted."
Agent Speaks Out
Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, also got involved by trying to quash the conflict as he admitted that his client was 'very proud' to hear of the interest shown in him by his former employers.
Raiola added: "Zlatan in fact added that he was very proud that Milan were interested in him, it means he is still an important player because Milan, always the words of Zlatan, are a top level club."