Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that the club will not be selling striker Alvaro Negredo before the transfer window slams shut.

Rumours had suggested that the striker was wanted by various clubs across Europe, including Spanish giants Real Madrid.

And although Pellegrini acknowledged that there had been enquiries about the Spaniard from abroad, he remained confident that the Citizens would not be letting him leave.

Pellegrini said: “Maybe one month ago some Spanish clubs had an interest in him but that was one month ago.

“At this moment Alvaro is injured but part of our squad. Last year he did very well and then had an injury with his shoulder and after that he didn’t play so well, but he’s always an important player for us.

“We don’t want to sell him. We want him to stay with us.”

But, according to Spanish media, Real Madrid are still keen on bringing the striker back to Spain as they look to bring another striker to the club.

However those rumours will surely end if they finally come to an agreement with Monaco for striker Radamel Falcao.