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Ibrahimović confirms he will stay at Barcelona

Barcelona's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović quashed rumours on Thursday that he is leaving football club FC Barcelona, saying that he will remain at the club.

Ibrahimović confirms he will stay at Barcelona
Ibrahimović and Guardiola in Oslo before match against Norway's Vålerenga

“I am a Barcelona player and I will continue to be one,” the 28-year-old was quoted by Barcelona’s website as saying at a news conference in Oslo ahead of a friendly against Norwegian side Vålerenga. “The rumours have not affected me because I have not had any doubts that I

want to stay. I have taken them as a compliment.”

Ibrahimović said Barcelona coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola told him he was “important” to him.

“I will continue to work as hard as possible to maintain his confidence,” he added.

Barcelona signed Spanish World Cup hero striker David Villa, who shone during the World Cup from Valencia in May, fuelling speculation that Ibrahimović was on his way out. The Swede joined Barcelona from Inter Milan in last year in a deal worth €75 million (708.18 million kronor, $98.09 million), but he had a mixed first season at the Catalan club.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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