Agent explains Balotelli talk

14 October 2011 01:39
Mario Balotelli's agent has moved to clarify talk of the Manchester City striker joining Napoli in a swap deal involving Ezequiel Lavezzi.[LNB] Balotelli has been regularly linked with a return to Italy since joining City in 2010.[LNB]But the 21-year-old has impressed in recent months as he looks to have matured and settled into life in England.[LNB]Raiola himself sparked renewed speculation about his client's future by saying Napoli should exchange Lavezzi for Balotelli.[LNB]Yet the agent has now tried to play down the suggestion that any such deal is in the offing.[LNB]"It was just a comment in response to a question," Raiola told Radio Radio.[LNB]"I talked about putting myself in Napoli's shoes, and for them it would be a bargain.[LNB]"We have not received any proposal for Mario. I always said that Balotelli needed time and the last three or four months are showing that.[LNB]"Settling into English football has been difficult, but now Mario understands certain mechanisms.[LNB]"He chose Manchester City and has never said he will leave."[LNB]Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri says he is keen to keep hold of Lavezzi, but would not turn down the chance to sign Balotelli if the opportunity presented itself. [LNB]"I am happy to have Lavezzi and the other players in my team," said the Napoli coach. [LNB]"But as I've always said, I wouldn't say no to Balotelli. He is a very strong player. [LNB]"But right now we have other things to think about."

Source: Team_Talk