French side rule out move for Etihad striker.
Mario Balotelli’s potential destinations should Manchester City decide to sell him in the January transfer window has been reduced after big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain ruled out a move for the troubled Italian striker.
Balotelli’s future has been the subject of intense speculation since his training ground altercation with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini this week with both Ligue 1 side PSG and AC Milan in Serie A both heavily linked with £30million-plus moves.
But PSG, who are managed by Balotelli’s fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti, have ruled themselves out of the race, paving the way for the striker to return to Milan where he first made his name with AC Milan’s rivals Inter Milan under Mancini before following him to Manchester.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack for PSG and plenty of other goalscoring options, Ancelotti told reporters: “Today, with Ibra and his position, we are covered in attack for many years to come. I do not think we need Balotelli.
“Balotelli is a great player, he and Ibra are compatible but that is not the question. We have (Ezequiel) Lavezzi, (Kevin) Gameiro and (Jeremy) Menez who are also compatible.”
Manchester City boss Mancini said on Friday that Balotelli would be given “100 more chances” and the first of them came in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Watford when he was a second-half substitute.
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