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Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes AC Milan can win the Serie A title after derby victory against Inter

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists AC Milan can challenge for the Serie A title after their victory in the derby against Inter on Saturday night. 

The Swede’s first-half double, following his positive coronavirus test, was enough for Milan to secure their first city derby victory in the league in over four years. 

And Ibrahimovic, who only committed to another year in Italy recently after his spell at LA Galaxy, was full of belief that Milan could have a season to remember following such a significant victory at the San Siro. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists AC Milan can challenge for Serie A after their win against Inter Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists AC Milan can challenge for Serie A after their win against Inter Milan

Ibrahimovic tapped in the rebound after his penalty was saved by Samir Handanovic

Ibrahimovic tapped in the rebound after his penalty was saved by Samir Handanovic

‘Milan hadn’t won the derby in four years, I was stuck at home for two weeks, so I was hungry and it showed,’ Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia.

‘I lost my sense of taste a little bit, but I had a swab every three days and nobody was going to stop me playing the derby.’

‘I’m disappointed that the penalty was saved, but the important thing is that the team won. I am the oldest in the squad, I feel a lot of responsibility and I like that feeling, as they all follow my lead and are hungry to win.’

Ibrahimovic added that he knew he could return to his peak level despite his COVID test and his willingness to continue playing at the top level at 39.  

‘I know my level. After the injury, I went to America in order to feel alive. I told Jose Mourinho at Manchester United that I wasn’t ready and didn’t want to be a disappointment, so I went to America.

‘Mino Raiola told me to return to Europe, they told me Milan needed me, so I came. I feel like a more complete player now than I was 10 years ago.

The 39-year-old scored his second goal from Rafael Leao's cross on Saturday night in Milan

The 39-year-old scored his second goal from Rafael Leao’s cross on Saturday night in Milan

‘If I had the fitness levels I did 10 years ago, nobody would stop me. Mind you, they can’t stop me now either.

‘I train hard, I play with experience and teammates who are ready to help out. I won’t accept them taking their foot off the gas, in training or in a match. We must always train at 200 per cent.’

 ‘We are taking it one game at a time. When I arrived, the objective was qualifying for Europe and we did it. I do think the Scudetto is a possibility, because if you believe, then you can achieve anything. There’s a long way to go, though.’ 

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Jon Jones refuses to let UFC GOAT debate go and continues to insist he is above Khabib at No1 by raging ‘it’s laughable’

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JON JONES is refusing to back down in the row over who is the greatest UFC scrapper of all-time.

The argument was sparked after Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title following Saturday’s win over Justin Gaethje.

Jon Jones insists his is way above Khabib in the rankings

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Jon Jones insists his is way above Khabib in the rankingsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Khabib, left, wants to be remembered as the greatest ever

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Khabib, left, wants to be remembered as the greatest everCredit: Getty Images – Getty

After announcing his shock retirement moments after extending his 29-0 record, he said: “There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve it.

“UFC undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion, 13-0, 13 in UFC, 29 in all pro MMA career. I think I deserve it.”

Jones, the current P4P king, quickly refuted Khabib’s request in a lengthy Twitter rant.

And now the 33-year-old is not letting it go, hitting out at the opponents Khabib has faced on his way to the top.

He wrote: “Unanimous decision over last minute replacement Al Iaquinta to become champion.

Conor McGregor is the only opponent he’s ever had that the general public actually knew. Catapulted my man to becoming the best ever, this is hilarious.”

The American, who has 15 title defences to his name, had previously written: “I’m just going to ask for the heavyweight championship belt and see if they give it to me. Since we can ask for things now.

“I won 15 world titles, he just won his 4th. The fact this is even a conversation is mind blowing to me.

Khabib retired after Saturday's masterclass over Justin Gaethje

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Khabib retired after Saturday’s masterclass over Justin GaethjeCredit: Handout – Getty

“I got signed by the UFC literally nine months after my very first MMA practice. Unheard of.

“When I signed with UFC I was one of the youngest fighters on the roster, youngest champion in the history of the sport and have only had three competitive fights.

“My competitive nature won’t allow me to just stand by and see someone ask to be considered the best. I’ve sacrificed too much blood.

“I mean if I get out ranked by a man with only three title defences, I don’t really know what to think anymore.

“Yet people want me to stay quiet and let him have his moment while I just sit back and watch my hard work get moved down the rankings.

“It’s not fair to my family, or the team of people who have sacrificed to get me this far.

“If we’re having a popularity contest, I’d gladly take my L. This s*** has nothing to do with fame or being a good person.

“I’ve giving my whole adult life to this game, I owe it to myself to speak up.”

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Anderson Silva tops the list for the biggest UFC win streak
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UFC president Dana White has even claimed that Khabib will go down as the GOAT after Saturday’s epic performance.

But Jones believes he isn’t even in his top two as he stated his four championship bouts aren’t enough for him to be considered the best.

In a video he posted on social media, Jones – who is a two-time light-heavyweight champ – said: “I’m talking to all you Khabib fans out there.

“Fiftenn world titles to your guy’s four and you are really talking about who is the best fighter ever? You guys are joking right? 15-4, are you guys kidding me?

“The only guy who could possibly come back and challenge my record of what I’ve done in the UFC is possibly Georges St-Pierre.”

Jones vacated his light-heavyweight belt in August in his bid to secure a bout against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.

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LaLiga chief Javier Tebas sticks the boot in on Barcelona’s Josep Bartomeu

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LaLiga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Barcelona‘s outgoing chief Josep Bartomeu for giving the club’s approval to be part of the new European Super League alongside his resignation.

The under-fire Barcelona president stepped down alongside the rest of the club’s board on Tuesday night with a vote of no confidence looming.

However Bartomeu claimed to have ratified the club’s participation in a European Super League before he quit.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Barcelona's outgoing chief Josep Bartomeu

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Barcelona's outgoing chief Josep Bartomeu

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Barcelona’s outgoing chief Josep Bartomeu

He was left unimpressed by announcement Barca plans to play in European Super League

He was left unimpressed by announcement Barca plans to play in European Super League

He was left unimpressed by announcement Barca plans to play in European Super League

The Catalan giants are one of several European clubs who would likely become part of the new competition, which is threatening to replace the Champions League in the coming years and would have an impact on the domestic divisions.  

‘Yesterday at the board meeting I approved the requirements [for the club] to be part of a European Super League,’ Bartomeu said.

‘The European Club Super League will guarantee sustainability to the club and ensure it continues to belong to the members.

Bartomeu stepped down alongside rest of club's board with a vote of no confidence looming

Bartomeu stepped down alongside rest of club's board with a vote of no confidence looming

Bartomeu stepped down alongside rest of club’s board with a vote of no confidence looming

LaLiga chief Tebas has stuck the boot in on Bartomeu as he was left unimpressed by his announcement that the club plans to play in a ‘phantom’ European Super League.

‘Unlucky Josep Bartomeu, announcing on his last day the participation in a phantom competition which would lead to ruin for Barcelona, and confirms their ignorance in the football industry,’ Tebas said on social media.

‘It is a sad end for a president who had successes and lately, errors.’

The European Super League competition is expected to involve between 16 and 18 teams, and will be played at midweek during the normal European club season.  

Bartomeu had faced several calls to step down from the Catalans hierarchy after several controversies over the summer, including the public fall-out with Lionel Messi which nearly resulted in the star exiting the club.

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12.45pm Arsenal news LIVE: Umtiti transfer LATEST, Ozil donates kids’ meals, Dundalk build-up, Mike Dean is Man Utd ref

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ARSENAL aim to bounce back this week when they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League.

And then at the weekend it’s old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

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