Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo's potential move back to Spain has been ruled out after he sustained a broken foot in City's 2-1 win over Hearts in a pre-season friendly.
The 28-year old Spanish international had been linked with a return to Madrid, with either Atletico or Real, despite the player stating he was happy to remain with the Premier League Champions.
Any proposed move will almost certainly be off after the Spaniard took to his Instagram account stating he had broken a metatarsal in his right foot.
"I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my fifth metatarsal and will be out a few months."
"I will be back stronger than ever. I will return with a vengeance," he added.
Negredo only signed for Manchester City from Sevilla last season in a deal worth £16.5 million, however after a frustrating second half of the season at the Etihad, both Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico, have expressed an interest in bringing the player back to Spain.
The player has expressed the fact that he is missing his home city, alerting both Madrid based clubs to the possibility of bringing Negredo home, however at £24 million, neither club were prepared to move for the striker at that price.
Cover for Morata
Carlo Ancelotti was keen to bring Negredo in as cover for Alvaro Morata who has just completed his move to Serie A Champions Juventus, while Diego Simeone was looking to partner the former Sevilla striker with the recently acquired Mario Mandzukic.
Negredo, a 21-cap Spanish international, impressed during a three-year spell with Sevilla scoring 70 goals in 139 appearances for the club, and had Los Blancos secured his services, it would have been the third occasion the striker would have played his football at the Bernabeu following spells at the club from 2005/07 and in 2009.
The injury to Negredo will now lay all the speculation to rest, as he is now expected to remain at the club for at least another season.
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