Arsenal and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Adil Rami after the defender expressed his desire to join AC Milan on a permanent basis, reports talkSPORT.

The 28-year-old moved to Italy during the January transfer window, after falling out of favour with former Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic.

Djukic has since been sacked and replaced by Juan Antonio Pizzi at the Mestalla, but it looks increasingly unlikely that Rami will return to La Liga having impressed during his time at the San Siro.

"My dream is to stay here and do the best for my team," Rami said. "Staying here is the dream of all players in the world."

The France international attracted admiring glances from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but chances of a move to the Emirates Stadium appear slim, following his upturn in form in Serie 'A'.

Manuel Pellegrini has also been credited with an interest in bringing Rami to the Etihad Stadium, as the Chilean looks to bring in a replacement for the soon to be departing Joleon Lescott, who will be out of contract at Manchester City during the summer.

"I did four months without playing, and it was a difficult period for me," added the Frenchman. "I worked hard to be ready.

"I have a strong character and it is also about my friends who have given me more confidence and the confidence of the coach, which is important for a player."

#Manchester City
#AC Milan
#Premier League
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