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Agent rules out City switch for Ignazio Abate

The agent of AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate has dismissed suggestions that his client could become the latest recruit for big-spending Manchester City.

Abate, 23, has been linked with a possible move to Eastlands after taking advantage of the injury problems suffered by Massimo Oddo to make 19 appearances for the Rossoneri in all competitions this season.

The right back started his career at the San Siro but has only recently secured a regular first-team place after a succession of moves to other Italian clubs, including Torino and Empoli.

Abate's agent, Claudio Pasqualin, has rubbished talk of a transfer to City and instead revealed that his client is poised to discuss a contract extension with the side sitting second in Serie A.

"I've also heard these rumours, but they have no basis," Pasqualin told "Certainly these things are pleasing because it means that they are all realising the potential of the player.

"The truth is that Abate is very happy at Milan and Milan is very happy with Abate. To confirm this I can anticipate that we will meet soon with Milan to deal with the contract extension."

Meanwhile, City striker Robinho has spoken of his delight at returning to action for Mark Hughes' side. The Brazil international has made three appearances since overcoming his injury troubles and is delighted to be back in the Premier League spotlight.

"I am just happy to be playing," said the 25-year-old. "I feel excellent. I am strong, physically and mentally, and I want to play in every game. I like to play football anywhere, at any time."


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