Mancini says Italian maverick will not be sold.
Roberto Mancini has revealed that Manchester City have rejected a number of offers for Mario Balotelli this summer and has insisted the striker will not be sold.
The City boss publicly said the unpredictable forward would never play for the Premier League Champions again, after he was sent off in a defeat at Arsenal in April.
But Mancini’s stance has since mellowed and Balotelli was one of the stand-out performers at this summer’s Euro 2012, scoring twice against fancied Germany in the semi-final.
The Italian tactician has now revealed that his compatriot will not leave Eastlands before the end of August, despite plenty of interest from rival clubs.
“This summer, we had a lot of requests for him,” Mancini is quoted as saying by the Sport Review. “Many important teams wanted him.
“No [he will not be sold], because he is young. We are sure he can improve.
“You can say Mario did a good season because he scored 15 or 17 goals, [and] he did the last pass for Sergio in the last game.”
City have been linked with big-money moves for strikers Robin van Persie, Edinson Cavani and Leandro Damiao in recent weeks but it now looks unlikely that they will do any business before the start of the Premier League season on Saturday week.
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