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Balotelli - City Fight Back!
Published : 28 Jan 2013 19:34:11
City have again insisted Mario Balotelli is still their player despite yet more rumours linking the striker with AC Milan.
City have repeatedly denied the 22-year-old is poised to leave the Etihad Stadium throughout the January transfer window.
Yet that has not stopped the speculation concerning the Italian, which has regularly been fuelled by senior figures at the San Siro.
David Platt: "I saw that speculation yesterday but I've not heard anything.
"It's a shame Robbie's not here. He might know more than me but as far as we are concerned I think he is still a Manchester City player.
"I don't think there is anything is going to happen."
"I'm not aware of any negotiations between clubs or the player.
"I can only go off what you know and I have seen. I know exactly the same as you, which is speculation."
"We'll have a press conference on Friday and we won't have to talk about speculation - and that is what it is. I literally don't know anything.
"We have said before the market in January is very difficult. Even if you are planning to get somebody in it is very difficult to do so.
"With it being such a difficult market, you can't start stepping into it willy-nilly.
"We are at Manchester City - a top club that competes for top trophies.
"As a result of that you can't just go out and get anybody and think they are going to fill the gap that somebody leaves.
"That gap Vinny has left could be a fortnight, it could be three weeks.
"It is not a six-month gap, something ridiculous we feel we can't do with the squad we have available.
"My experience of calf strains would be no chance for tomorrow, Liverpool a big doubt with an outside chance, but that would depend on the gravity of it.
"In all honesty you're probably looking at the game after that being a potential realistic target."
Source: Manchester City MAD