Pellegrini tells Italians: Jovetic stays

Stevan Jovetic playing for Montenegro

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned the Serie A sides chasing Stevan Jovetic that he has no intention of selling the striker.

Inter and Juventus are reportedly hoping to sign Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, but the Montenegrin's manager insists he is staying put.

Jovetic was the star of the show as the Premier League champions demolished AC Milan in Pittsburgh, scoring twice in a 5-1 win.

Over the last few weeks it has been suggested in the Italian press that Juventus and Inter are both preparing bids for Jovetic, who had a limited role last season.

But Manchester City seem reluctant to entertain the idea of letting the former Fiorentina star out of their clutches.

"Last year Stevan was injured for a long period," Manuel Pellegrini said on Sky Sports.

"Without continuity it is difficult to express yourself at a certain level.

"He has started this year on great form and if he continues as he is then he will show why he is at Manchester City.

"There are lots of rumours, but I can assure that he is definitely staying."

Juventus are reportedly already looking to former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o instead and both Inter and Juventus have been linked with Southampton's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.

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