Manchester City will resist any attempt by Inter Milan to take striker Stevan Jovetic back to Italy.

Inter are understood to have made an inquiry about taking Jovetic on loan with a view to a permanent £18million transfer.

City paid £22m to sign the Montenegro international from Fiorentina last summer and want to keep him at the Etihad Stadium despite an injury-hit first season in English football.

Jovetic only made two Premier League starts among a total of 18 appearances, scoring six goals, and was a disappointment in comparison to other new signings Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas.