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Mario Balotelli Will Not Leave Manchester City In January

by Gary Emmerson

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Mario Balotelli will not be leaving Manchester City in the January transfer window despite discussions over a return to Italy with AC Milan.

Balotelli’s future at Manchester City was called into question when he had a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, and he has been linked with moves to AC Milan and Napoli in Serie A.

But despite AC Milan reportedly offering £24million for the 22-year-old forward – a figure £7million short of the £31million City were reportedly wanting, Boltelli’s agent Mino Raiola insists the striker is going nowhere in this transfer window.

“City don’t want to sell Mario,” Raiola told the Daily Mail. “At the minute there is a zero per cent chance of a move. But who knows what will happen until January 31?”

Inter Milan, who sold Balotelli to Manchester City in a €22 million deal in 2010, have first refusal on re-signing the striker should they be interested. But they have not expressed an interest in the troubled star, who has had a controversial two-and-a-half years in the Premier League.

“There is an agreement between Inter and City, but that does not stop the player from choosing a different destination,” Raiola added.

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