Mario Balotelli could be set to leave Eastlands after just half a season.
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AC Milan are ready to rescue Mario Balotelli from a difficult start to his Manchester City career.
Roberto Mancini only brought the high-maintenance Italy striker to Eastlands from Inter Milan last summer in a £23million deal.
But the 20-year-old picked up an injury early in his English career and agent Mino Raiola, when asked if Balotelli was happy in Manchester, recently replied: ‘So so’.
The self-confessed AC Milan fan was at the San Siro on Sunday to cheer the team to a 1-0 victory against Inter and reports in Italy say that Serie A’s most successful club are already working on a deal to sign him at the end of the season.
The revelation comes in no uncertain terms from the Mediaset website, which is owned by AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister.
The club’s chief executive Adriano Galliani, who runs the club day to day, has admitted he would some day like to see Balotelli in a red and black shirt, though Raiola has previously tried to play down the idea that a deal is anything but in the distant future.
It has emerged that Galliani and Balotelli spoke and dined in the same restaurant after the match, but both tried to play down talk of a deal.
‘I have never said anything (about joining Milan),’ said Balotelli. ‘It’s only a coincidence that we were in the same restaurant.
‘Since I left Italy, I am the friend of all the teams. It was nice that Galliani came over to say hello to me.’
Galliani added: ‘We don’t want to create a scene. We don’t bother players and other clubs. Balotelli is a City player and that’s it.’ (Daily Mail)
Ever since signing for Manchester City, Mario Balotelli has been continually linked elsewhere.
The player has certainly given no comments to the press to indicate that he is unhappy at Eastlands under Roberto Mancini, but there has been plenty of talk from his agent, which after just a few months at the club surely cannot be in hope of a new contract.
Even so, Rossoneri fan Balotelli has returned to Italy whenever he has been able, and watching AC Milan play his former club Internazionale might not have been read as such a significant action if he had not spoke with AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani whilst dining in the same restaurant. Otherwise, perhaps he might have just been visiting his old team-mates.
It would be a massive shame if Balotelli left England so soon into his Premier League career.
Whilst he has demonstrated a petulant attitude alongside his undoubtedly outstanding talent, he is most certainly entertaining. The English top flight needs more box office draws such as the 20-year old Italy international.