Football: City striker Jovetic joins Inter Milan on loan

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has joined Italian side Inter Milan on an 18-month loan, the Premier League club confirmed on Friday.

Jovetic struggled to make an impact at City following his move from Fiorentina in 2013 and the Montenegro international has been allowed to return to Serie A with a view to a permanent transfer.

The 25-year-old passed a medical with Inter earlier in the week and later sent a message to City's fans on Instagram which read "thank you and farewell".

"Stevan Jovetic has signed for Inter Milan on a year-and-a-half's loan with a view to a permanent transfer," a statement on City's website read.

"The 25-year-old Montenegrin joined City from Fiorentina in summer 2013, but injury has consistently upset his progress for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"He will now go on loan to the Nerazzurri for a season and a half, with a view to a permanent stay.

"Everyone at City wishes Stevan well for his time with Inter."

City won the Premier League and the League Cup in Jovetic's first season at Eastlands, but he was never able to establish himself as a regular in Manuel Pellegrini's team due to a combination of injuries and the form of fellow strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Jovetic leaves City after scoring just 11 goals in 44 appearances.