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Ibrahimovic anger at substitution dismissed by AC Milan boss Pioli

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Stefano Pioli said he needed to manage Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the AC Milan star looked angry at being substituted against Bologna.

Ibrahimovic contributed with an assist before he was taken off in Milan’s 5-1 win over Bologna on Saturday.

Clearly he wasn’t pleased with his substitution and had a little go at Pioli a he made his way to the bench.

After the game, Ibrahimovic still looked infuriated and barely said a word to manager Stefano Pioli.

But the Italian manager has dismissed the idea of a falling out between himself and the veteran striker. The 54-year-old simply explained that he made the substitution to keep Ibra’s fitness levels intact.

Not far fetched considering the big Swede is already 38 and only just recovered from a calf injury.

“He said something, but honestly I didn’t understand. It’s also normal,” the Milan boss was quoted by Goal when asked about the Swede’s apparent irritation.

“I have to manage Ibrahimovic, playing so much I need everyone to be well.”

Much has been made about the future of the striker over the past few months.

Ibrahimovic has severally remained coy on his future and kept all his cards open. But at 38, you would imagine the Rossoneri are already preparing for life without the veteran forward.