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Milinkovic: I can be midfield Ibra

Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ‘knew’ he would stay last summer and has his sights set on becoming the midfield Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Milinkovic-Savic remains Biancoceleste despite being one of the market’s most sought-after players a year ago, while Fabio Capello once remarked the Serb was the midfield equivalent of Ibrahimovic.

“I really like Ibrahimovic, both as a player and as a person, so I really like this definition,” he told DAZN.

“Perhaps we’re similar in physical stature and technique, plus I jump like him in the box.

“I knew I’d stay at Lazio. I heard the speculation, but I didn’t care about it too much.”

The 24-year-old was visibly in tears after he scored against Cagliari earlier in the season, and he explained why his goal output had decreased from the previous campaign.

“I missed scoring goals because last year I scored so many,” he continued.

“Now, in many games I play deeper because there’s Luis Alberto, who plays further afield.

“Now I’m focused on the last few matches of the season so we can qualify for the Champions League and progress in the Coppa Italia.

“I’d like to qualify for the Champions League before the final matchday.”

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