Agent cools Ibrahimovic exit talk

Wednesday 18 March 2009 11:30

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has cooled rumours suggesting the Sweden international could leave Internazionale in the summer.

Reports in the Italian media had linked the 27-year-old striker with a transfer to Barcelona with Samuel Eto'o moving in the opposite direction.

However, Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, said: "It's obvious that the elimination from the Champions League was painful. Zlatan wants to win the Champions League at all costs.

"But he has a contract for a further four years with Inter and, for the time being, there are no problems."

However, one player who seems certain to be leaving the club in the summer is Brazilian defender Maxwell, according to the player's agent.

The 27-year-old former Ajax star has lost his place in Inter's first team to Davide Santon recently and is frustrated at his current place on the substitute's bench.

The player's agent, Mino Raiola, told Radio Radio: "He has a lot of quality, but he is not as physical a player as Mourinho wants. The conclusion is that they will part ways.

"Maxwell is a typical player who can go to any European club. I'm glad that he was praised by a good coach like Ancelotti. I can see him joining a team like AC Milan, Arsenal, Real Madrid, or Barcelona."

Meanwhile, Sampdoria have moved quickly to dismiss a report in an Italian newspaper claiming that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was keen to buy the Serie A club.

Italian newspaper Il Giornale ran a story saying the Russian billionaire had held talks with the Genoa-based team.

However, a statement from Sampdoria read: "With regards to the report that appeared in the newspaper 'Il Giornale', Sampdoria states that the story is without foundation.

"The club reiterates that the hypothetical sale of share packages is absolutely not the intention of the club, or of its president Riccardo Garrone and the shareholders."

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