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Agent: Ibrahimovic is staying at Barcelona

Sweden and Barcelona star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is going nowhere, his agent Mino Raiola said on Thursday, pouring cold water on reports linking the Swedish forward with a move from Barcelona to AC Milan.

Agent: Ibrahimovic is staying at Barcelona
Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic only joined Barcelona a year ago in a mega-money move that saw Samuel Eto’o and €50 million head to Inter Milan.

But following the Catalan giants’ capture of David Villa, Ibrahimovic’s place in the starting XI looks under threat, which has led to rumours of a possible transfer.

On Wednesday night Milan general manager Ariedo Braida had claimed that a transfer was possible, but Raiola dismissed such notions.

“Ibrahimovic has a four-year contract with Barcelona and will stay at Barcelona,” he told Sky Sport 24.

“It’s nice to know that a big club is interested but that’s where it begins and ends.”

The 28-year-old spent five years in Italy, initially with Juventus and then Inter, where he was a huge fan favourite.

He had mixed debut season with Barcelona and despite scoring 21 goals in 41 games he spent much of the run in towards the end of the campaign on the bench.

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IBRAHIMOVIC

Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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