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Arsenal target to hold key talks over Manchester City future

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Abdisalam Ibrahim will return from his loan spell to hold decisive talks with Manchester City amid interest from a host of clubs including Arsenal and Roma, according to Sky Sports.

The Manchester City midfielder has spent the last season on loan in Norway with Stromsgodnet, helping the club to win its first league title in more than four decades.

He's been compared to Patrick Vieira, the former-Arsenal midfielder who currently works behind the scenes for Manchester City.

He's out of contract at the end of the season, and the report claims Arsenal head a queue of clubs keen to speak to the midfielder.

But Ibrahim says he'll sit down with the City staff, and decide whether he has a future at the Etihad Stadium first.

"I am very happy with my successful loan spell at Stromsgodset and helping them to win the title," Ibrahim told Sky Sports.

"Several clubs have been in contact but I still don't know what's going to happen in January."

As well as Arsenal, the report claims Roma, Lille, Marseille, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Fenerbahce have all scouted him in action in Norway over the past 12 months.

But despite the interest, Ibrahim wants to hear what City - and manager Manuel Pellegrini in particular - has to say before he leaves the club he joined as a 16-year-old in 2007.

"I am back in Carrington this week and want to meet Manuel Pellegrini," Ibrahim continued.

"I would love to get a chance in the first-team, get games and prove myself to the boss that I can play at the highest level from January as my loan agreement doesn't finish with Stromsgodset until December 31.

"I've been at Manchester City since 2007, I became a supporter of the club and feel like a local boy."

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