Mario Balotelli claims he is staying at Manchester City
Roberto Mancini claimed in September that Carlos Tevez was finished at Manchester City, although the Argentine has since broken back into the first team and might yet have a future at Eastlands.
April 17th, 2012
More recently, the City manager claimed that he would probably sell Mario Balotelli following the Italian’s red card at the Emirates Stadium although we should perhaps start learning not to take Mancini’s words too literally, especially with the 21-year-old striker apparently keen to stay at the club.
“My future? Why do you always talk of Inter and Milan for me? I’m at City and I have no intention of changing shirt,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Now I am just thinking about winning the title because I am sure that United will make mistakes.
“Certainly in the match with us, then, who knows.
“Moratti always speaks well of me. I enjoy it, he has known me since I was 15. I thank him for that, but I am now at Manchester City and I see no other possibilities.”
Balotelli continued: “When I was at Inter Milan I called my mother to solve every little problem. Now I have to go it alone.
“First of all I need to improve as a player. I am lucky to work with Mancini. He’s one of the best coaches in the world, maybe the best.
“After my red card against Arsenal he feared a long ban so he spoke about me with so harsh words.
“But we have explained things to each other. I know he believes in me, as he always has done.”