AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was delighted with his brace in victory over Sampdoria.

The Swede paid tribute to coach Stefano Pioli after their 4-1 win last night.

He said, “I can only say positive things about Pioli, I am happy for him, because he’s done such great work. He kept going under fire without knowing his future, so he fully deserved the contract.

“When you work that hard, something comes back to you, so I’m really pleased for him. The team believes in this coach and I respect him.

“Now we just need to see what team will be following him.”