Man City WON'T sell Balotelli, insists agent
Published 15:32 12/04/12 By David McDonnell
Mario Balotelli has settled his differences with Roberto Mancini and could stay at Manchester City for another two years, according to his agent.
The controversial striker has been a distraction at the club ever since he arrived from Inter Milan in 2010 and Mancini appeared to finally lose his patience on Sunday when Balotelli was sent off in a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
The City boss said after the game he would "probably" sell the 21-year-old, and former club Inter, plus rival side AC Milan were linked with the player.
But today his agent Mino Raiola insisted the striker had patched things up with Mancini and would not be going anywhere - though he admits it did look bad at one point.
"I'm in Manchester but it has nothing to do with the transfer market," said Raiola. "There's no intention by Manchester City to sell the player.
"He [Balotelli] has always stated that he is happy in Manchester and finding his balance. Of course, that balance is lost when things don't go well.
"I have spoken to Mario and to Mancini. There was a tense time between them but now all is calm.
"Mario has understood his mistakes in every sense, at times he makes mistakes without doing it on purpose.
"Much is expected from Mario and his sending-off against Arsenal was negative due to his bad performance. But City have no intention of selling him. On the contrary, they want to grow together.
"Once Mario decides to return to Italy, there will be a big demand for his services. But right now is not the time, perhaps in one or two years' time.
"Mario has to grow and he will do so in Manchester."
Balotelli is under contract with City until June, 2015.