Mario Balotelli will stay with Manchester City 'for years' insists his agent

06 December 2010 12:39
Mario Balotelli has done little to quell talk of him joining boyhood idols AC Milan - but the striker's agent insists Manchester City can count on their £23million striker for the long term.

Enlarge Loving it in Manchester despite the cold: Mario Balotelli (left) helped City beat Bolton

The 20-year-old signed a five-year contract at Eastlands after leaving Inter Milan in the summer but recently refused to look beyond the end of this season when talking about his future.

His love for AC Milan is well known and the Italian club's chief executive Adriano Galliani admits he will be first in line if City are prepared to sell.

Enlarge Well done to all of you: Mario Balotelli applauds the City fans

But Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola all but ruled out a move by declaring: 'Balotelli went to City and will remain there for some years. It's impossible that he will go to Milan in June, almost impossible.

'Galliani admires Balotelli, and liked him when he was at Inter, but I didn't speak with Milan when Inter were selling.'

The Italy international left Inter for a reunion with Roberto Mancini, who brought

Balotelli through the ranks at Inter before the boss was replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2008.

But Raiola insisted Mancini is not the only reason why Balotelli came to England.

'He went to City with a strong commitment to (coach Roberto) Mancini and he should thank him for his confidence,' said the agent. 'But the fate of Mario doesn't depend on Mancini.'

Balotelli has shown his best and worst sides already at City, scoring five goals but also picking up a red card in his eight appearances.

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