x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

'Ibrahimovic staying with Barcelona'

The agent of Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated his client will remain at the club next season.

The agent of Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated his client will remain at the club next season, despite hints by coach Pep Guardiola that his future may lie elsewhere. "Stories talking of a return to Italy are totally without foundation," Mino Raiola told Italian website calcionews24.com. Meanwhile, AC Milan have signed Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Genoa, with Gianmarco Zigoni, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Rodney Strasser have gone the other way as part of the transfer. Papastathopoulos played more than 50 times in Italy for Genoa since signing from AEK Athens in August 2008.

Francesco Totti, the Roma captain, says he considered retiring after being sent off during the Italian Cup final for kicking Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli who then claimed Totti racially abused him. Totti said: "I thought about quitting, but after speaking with people who are important to me, I changed my mind." * Agencies