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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Agent Mino Raiola Rules Out Barcelona Exit

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has vehemently denied rumours linking the Swede with a move away from Barcelona this summer, insisting that the player is under contract and will remain at the Camp Nou.

The arrival of David Villa in Catalunya fuelled speculation that Ibrahimovic may be deemed surplus to requirements by coach Pep Guardiola, putting a number of clubs on alert to his availability.

Earlier today Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida had commented that it was ‘possible’ a deal could be reached to allow the 28-year-old to return to Italy, however Raiola, speaking with Sky Italia, extinguished any notion of the player leaving Spain.

He stated: “It starts and ends here. Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] is staying at Barcelona, the club with whom he has a four-year contract.

"There aren't talks with any other clubs. Jose Mourinho respects him, Carlo Ancelotti respects him, even clubs in Germany respect him, but Ibra is staying at Barcelona.”

Ibrahimovic now looks set to fight for a starting berth with the Blaugrana in the season ahead, competing with Villa, Lionel Messi, Pedro and Bojan Krkic for three available spots.

Barcelona swooped for Ibrahimovic last summer in a cash-plus-player deal with Inter that saw Samuel Eto’o head in the opposite direction.

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