The agent of Alex Hleb says the midfielder is returning to Barcelona.

Hleb had an ill-fated loan spell with Stuttgart last season and has been linked with a return to England, where Aston Villa and Manchester City are keen.

"Hleb will return to Barca and do everything to prove to everyone he can play with the best clubs in the world," Oliver Mintzlaff told TuttoMercatoWeb.

"He still has two years left on his contract and is ready to return to the club as soon as possible," Mintzlaff added.