Ex Manchester City star happy with live in Milan and has no intenetions of leaving in the summer transfer window.
Reports had suggested that a move to AC Milan was on the cards following pictures of what looked to be a fight between Mancini and Balotelli last week. However, the Italian boss doesn’t want to lose his controversial striker.
When asked if he would be heading out of the Etihad Stadium, Mancini simply said: “No, it is not true. I am very, very happy (with Mario).”
The 22-year-old also made a surprise appearance for the under-21 side during the week against Blackburn Rovers and grabbed himself a brace. He had not been in action for over a month and Mancini is doing all he can to get Balotelli up to match speed.
He is the kind of player that must be a nightmare to manage, but you can tell that the City boss has a soft spot for Balotelli and truly believes he can become one of the best players around. If he didn’t, then he would have got rid of him by now.
It hasn’t been the season that the Italy international would have wanted so far, with limited first-team opportunities and just one Premier League goal to his name. The next few weeks will be a big text of his character and if he really does want to prove himself at Manchester City.
When it comes to players that are constantly in the limelight, Balotelli is a prime example. There is something about him that the media seem to love and everything he does makes the back pages.
Few can doubt what a talent he has, but he will be the first to admit he hasn’t been good enough this season. No one really wants to see him leave for Italy as the former Inter Milan man provides so much talk, entertainment and controversy. You can’t help but think the Premier League wouldn’t quite be the same without him.
You never know, maybe this new blonde haircut will be a new start for Mario.
City travel to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon and the striker might be involved in the squad. He was sent off at the Emirates Stadium last season and if he were to play a part this time out, he would probably score or see red – that is just the sort of player he is.