Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proven to be a “godsend” for Milan, says Stefano Pioli.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic signed for Milan as a free agent after leaving Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, returning to the club where he spent two seasons between 2010 and 2012 before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain.

Ibrahimovic scored on his first start in a 2-0 win over Cagliari last time out in Serie A.

Milan, now unbeaten in three matches in all competitions following their 3-0 win over SPAL in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday, sit 10th in Serie A, and Pioli has hailed Ibrahimovic’s immediate impact.

“Zlatan is proving that he is not just a decoration or a statue, but a great player, performing on the field,” Pioli told a news conference ahead of Milan’s clash with Udinese on Sunday.

“His arrival was a godsend for what he shows on the pitch and in training.

“He gives his best like a young player. He is a player who doesn’t want to lose even one match, that’s how he raises the level in a team, he was also signed for this.”