Manchester City: Alvaro Negredo denies exit rumours

Alvaro Negredo has denied suggestions that he wants to leave Manchester City.

The Spanish striker has been linked with a return to his homeland after just one season in England.

But in an interview on his club's official website  , the 28-year-old said: "I don't want to leave City. I'm very happy and very settled here.

"I had a difficult end to the season and that's why there has been a lot of talking, but I've been very happy here from the first day I arrived."

Spanish international Negredo enjoyed an impressive start to his career at City after joining from Seville from a reported fee of £20m in July last year.

He scored 23 goals in all competitions as City won the Premier League title and League Cup .

However, his form dipped in the second half of the season, with his last goals coming in the 3-0 League Cup win over West Ham on 21 January - a slump that cost him a place in Spain's World Cup squad for the tournament in Brazil.