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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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.