Ibra: Eastlands switch unlikely

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played down rumours that he could join big-spending Manchester City at the end of the season.

Reports over the weekend claimed that Ibrahimovic is the latest high-profile signing that the Premier League’s big spenders want to add to the squad over the summer.

Ibrahimovic played under City boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan and has only been with their city rivals since last summer after joining from Barcelona.

The Sweden international feels he is approaching the final few seasons of his career and suggested he does not intend to play for another club before he retires.

"Me at Manchester City? Well, I say nothing," the 29-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I still have three years left to play at AC Milan, then I see the end of my career.

"I don’t have the strength to change and move one more time. But, in football things can change quickly."

Ibrahimovic also had some words of advice for his former Inter team-mate Mario Balotelli, who has endured a fitful first season in the Premier League with City.

He added: "When you are a talent, you need the right environment to grow well, but it is not always enough.

"Look at Balotelli – he had so much talent, the right environment, but he didn’t go to the last level."