Balotelli 'happy' with Gunners interest

29 June 2010 11:47
Mario Balotelli is flattered by Arsenal's reported interest, with Manchester City also said to be tracking the Inter Milan striker's situation.[LNB] The highly-rated 19-year-old is said to be a target of Arsene Wenger's side as well as a number of other European clubs.[LNB]Balotelli - who hit the headlines for his spats with former manager Jose Mourinho - insisted he was happy that Rafa Benitez had been installed as Inter manager following his departure from Liverpool.[LNB]However, he couldn't hide his delight at being subject to speculation, with former Nerazzurri and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini also believed to be keen on his services.[LNB]"I'm ready for Benitez and I'm happy that he has talked well of me," said the Italy Under-21 international. [LNB]"But I'm happy also that Arsenal likes me. Staying at Inter? Now let's see. Roberto Mancini? He gave me my debut in Serie A."[LNB]He laughed off suggestions of a city switch to rivals AC, adding: "Go to Milan? Of course not!"[LNB]Balotelli's agent has played down suggestions of an impending deal, revealing that Benitez does not want to part company with the front man.[LNB]Mino Raiola told Radio Radio tv: "I spoke with Inter, which has a project. I don't think Balotelli is on the market but I don't know if they want (him to) play."

Source: Team_Talk