Nesta denies retirement thoughts and calms Ibra talk

Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has hit back at detractors to claim he is not retiring. The Italian, who has won trophies each player dreams of, confirmed his availability next year in an interview with Sky:
“Next year I will not stop, you have misunderstood. I said to be nearing the end of my career since I am 35 years old – this is not the end.”
Meanwhile, Milan can breathe a sigh of relief since Nesta will be available for the team’s match against Sampdoria on Saturday. The player had minor concerns in his joints from an old operation, but tension has been eased by good test results.
Nesta also took a moment to speak about his teammates, Zlatan Ibrahimovic in particular: “Everything is okay with Ibra in the dressing room. We have fun here every day and joke. I think he has found the right environment for him, as we have respect for him, and we know his importance.
“On TV maybe he jokes less, but with us there is no problem. Zlatan is a player that makes the difference, is an added value, but we have other strong players such as Robinho, Pato and Seedorf. We know that Milan has a strong group that can go on regardless of someone.”

The World Cup winner also offered his thoughts on the future of the Italian defense: “My heir? I like Ranocchia.”
Nesta has won two Champions League titles, a Scudetto, and a Coppa Italia in his nine seasons with Milan. The defender will be hoping to add another trophy this year, as Milan sit in first place with six games remaining.

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