Manchester City manager claims he’s happy with Mario Balotelli
After Manchester City’s last game at the Emirates Stadium, Roberto Mancini suggested that Mario Balotelli had played his final match for the Premier League champions, with the forward having received a red card in that encounter.
January 11th, 2013
However, the 22-year-old remains at the Etihad Stadium despite the club’s best efforts to sign Robin van Persie during the summer and it appears as though Balotelli will remain in England for a few months to come.
An injury to Sergio Aguero means that the striker might get a chance to finally prove his worth to Manchester City over the coming weeks and Mancini is prepared to be patient with someone he believes will turn out to be an asset to the champions.
When asked about the latest transfer speculation, Mancini responded on Friday by saying: “No, it is not true. I am very, very happy (with Mario).”
However, Inter Milan claim they have first right of refusal when it comes to Balotelli, with sporting director Piero Ausilio making the claim in a recent Italian publication.
“The right of first refusal is there,” Ausilio told Italian magazine Panorama.
“If Inter decide to exercise it, it will be a choice that will be made if City should decide to sell him. Balotelli technically can fit alongside any attacker.”