Sampodoria midfielder Pedro Obiang has claimed that he is flattered by rumours linking him with Manchester City but he is happy to stay in Italy to improve as a player.

The 20 year old has impressed in Serie A this season and has become one of Sampdoria’s best players as they attempt to qualify for the Europa League.

Obiang is relishing the chance to play first team football in Italy and admits he is happy to stay there for the foreseeable future.

Manchester City are desperate to add new, younger faces to their underperforming side in the summer and Roberto Mancini knows a lot about Obiang due to his close link with Sampdoria.

The Spanish midfielder has recently gained his first international under-21 cap and is being tipped to be one of the contenders to take over the mantle from Xavi and Andres Iniesta when they call it a day for the senior side.

“I am being flattered by reports in the Italian press but nothing is done yet,” Obiang told Sky Sports.

“I have a contract until 2016 and I do not think they want to sell me.

“I am settled here and I like the life but to be honest it is good to be linked with clubs going places like City where there are big stars and a very good coach who is a legend here at my present club.”

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