Wilfried Bony’s agent has ruled out a move from Manchester City during the January transfer window – but admits the situation ‘could be reviewed in the summer’.
The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a return to Swansea City, while West Ham have also shown interest.
But, just one year on from his £25million move from the Swans, his representative Francis Kacou has ruled out a departure this month.
“Wilfried will stay at Manchester City,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “They are all just rumours.
“A departure this winter was never on the agenda, and City simply wouldn’t sell him.”
Bony is currently out injured, and could return to the squad for Saturday’s trip to the Hammers.
One of the reasons given for signing Bony was his impeccable injury record, as he missed just four games – with one hamstring tweak – in a season and a half for the Swans.
That record has fallen apart at City, with ankle, hamstring and calf troubles, as well as a bout of malaria, interrupting his career.
City fans have been unsure about the 27-year-old, but he has bagged seven goals in his last 11 starts.
Kacou added: “He has been injured often since arriving at the club, but he still has eight goals this season in 23 appearances, of which only 14 were starts.”
Bony is only one year into a deal that runs until June 2019, and the strong possibility that Pep Guardiola will take the reins at the club in the summer has thrown the futures of a few players into doubt.
Kacou was less certain about the player’s long-term prospects, saying that he does not know what will happen at the end of the season: “We will both have to see what the situation is in the summer.”