There have been the odd moments of class from the Italy striker, but the fact that he hasn’t scored yet says it all.
In many ways, he is fourth in line at City too with Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko above him in the pecking order.
This has all contributed to Balotelli being linked with a move away from the club in January. On the pitch, he hasn’t quite hit his best form and off the pitch, he has been spotted in a Manchester restaurant in the early hours on a match day.
He was then left out of the squad to face Tottenham and thus began the speculation. Would Roberto Mancini cash in on the striker that tends to cause him more problems than he rewards on the pitch?
Not according to the player’s agent who believes Balotelli is happy at the club and is more than ready to see out his current contract.
Mino Raiola said: “There’s no Italy and no plans to go there. He’ll work until the end of his contract. He doesn’t want to leave.
“There’s no player happy with not playing in a game but he accepts it. It’s all part of the game. It doesn’t mean he wants to leave Manchester.”
This doesn’t clarify whether Mancini wants to keep Balotelli at the club though. Rumours of a move for Atheltico Madrid’s Falcao are growing by the day and if the Italian needs to make room for a new striker, there is only one man likely to make way.
As for Mancini, he is yet another individual that has to constantly commit his future to the club. Everyday there is a new report that he could leave at the end of the season, but according to Patrick Viera – City’s football development officer – the manager is more than happy.
He said: “He signed a five-year contract and that shows the commitment between himself and the club. You people, the journalists, try to find the little things that will sell more papers or get more people listening to the news. We accept it, no problem at all.”
“Since he has been at this football club, his record has been fantastic. You don’t win the FA Cup or the Premier League with an average manager. You have to be good.”
So, according an agent, Balotelli is happy at City and according to Viera, Mancini is committed to the Premier League Champions.
Will this stop the speculation? We think not.
For now though, it is all about focusing on this weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa.