Chelsea and Manchester City have been dealt a transfer blow in their potential pursuit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish international striker was heavily linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, with the Blues and Citizens amongst interested parties.

However, he’s more than happy with life at the Parc des Princes after signing a one-year contract in the summer, and has no plans to leave for another club in Europe.

"In June, I didn't know if I would stay at PSG, but then I met with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and he told me that I am the most important player for the PSG project," Ibrahimovic told Aftonbladet.

"'You must take us to where we dream of going'. It was a nice thing to hear and then we made an agreement. I extended my contract for one more year and now I could not be happier than in Paris.

"We are a great team now. Or, rather, we are becoming one because to be a really great team you have to win, not only the championship, as we have already done, but everything. We're working on it; we're getting there.

"Going to Paris a year ago was a risk, but I thought 'PSG is the future'. Now, I know that I did well. A future in the United States? I don't like to make too many plans, but one day, when my contract expires, I would like to play outside Europe, even if I don't know where."

Chelsea remain relatively frustrating in-front of goal this season, despite the arrival of Samuel Eto’o in the summer.

Manager Jose Mourinho also has Fernando Torres and Demba Ba at his disposal in west London, but none of the trio have been able to make the forward position their own in a 4-2-3-1 formation at Stamford Bridge.

Ibrahimovic would certainly give Chelsea another option up-front, but it now appears unlikely that the Blues will be able to secure the player’s signature.

Manchester City, on the other hand, have a plethora of strikers at their disposal this season.

Sergio Aguero is the main man in attack for Manuel Pellegrini, whilst Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic all provide the Citizens with other options at the Etihad Stadium.

None of these players are quite like Ibrahimovic however, and his arrival would provide a huge lift to the Manchester City supporters after a shaky start to the season.

But, despite their huge financial might, a move does not appear to be on the cards.

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