Azzurri star has been with the Rossoneri for less than a year now.
AC Milan head coach Max Allegri has confirmed that mercurial front man Mario Balotelli will not be leaving San Siro to join Premier League giants Chelsea when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports on Goal.com.
Rumours about the future of the controversial Italy international began to circulate of late after Balotelli’s agent gave an interview on Italian TV claiming that his client may be about to be reunited with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge at the turn of the year.
However, the Rossoneri boss has now come out to deny those stories and state that ‘Balo’ would still be at the club come January.
“I have absolutely no fear of losing Balotelli in January,” said Allegri. “He is a Milan player who is now living in a time when he’s not playing well, but it can happen.
“He arrived at the club in January and has done great things with the team since his arrival.
“He played well at the start of this season as well. It can happen that a player has a dip in form, but when it happens to Balotelli, it’s blown out of all proportion.”
And Allegri’s stance was also backed up by Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, who told reporters: “Mario Balotelli will not leave Milan. He will stay with us for many years, and he is our star. He has a long contract and he will see it out.”
Balotelli has only been with Milan since January, when the striker arrived at the club from Premier League big-spenders Manchester City on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an initial fee of £17m.
However, despite a promising start to his career at Milan, with 23-year-old managing to find the back of the net on 12 occasions in his first 13 matches in Italy, Balotelli’s more recent form in front of goal has badly fallen away, leading to recent talk about a possible January switch to the Blues.