Etihad Stadium manager Roberto Mancini ruled out sale of striker.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dashed AC Milan’s hopes of signing Mario Balotelli this month after ruling out the prospect of the striker leaving in the transfer window.
The future controversial Italian international Balotelli has been the subject of intense scrutiny since he was involved in a training ground bust-up with Mancini and AC Milan and Napoli were linked with moves to take him back to Italy.
AC Milan were in negotiations with Balotelli’s representatives and attempting to get the reported £31million asking price reduced to around £24million. The transfer was expected to completed after Balotelli’s house was put up rent earlier this week and reportedly shipping possessions back to Milan, where he previously play for AC Milan’s rivals Inter.
But, speaking ahead of Manchester City’s FA Cup clash with Stoke City, Mancini insisted the 22-year-old will not be leaving the Premier League behind this month.
Mancini said: “For two years, the first question always Mario! No, it is not true, Mario stays here. We didn’t have any requests about Mario or other players. Mario has another three years on his contract. We don’t have enough players. We are 18 players now, we can’t sell any players.”