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Balotelli makes future pledge

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Manchester City's Mario Balotelli has committed his future to the club after stating he's not interested in a move to Inter Milan.

The Italian striker moved from Inter to City in the summer of 2010, but has taken until this season to discover his best form, scoring seven goals in his last nine club games.

Inter president Masssimo Moratti claimed last week that he would be open to resigning Balotelli if the opportunity arose, a link that the forward, who recently allegedly set his house on fire after setting off fireworks, has shot down in flames.

"Not now. One day, we will see," he said. "It's true I have spoken about Inter or Milan, but there are also other teams in England, or in Spain. And Napoli? I have said that I like the town.

"I thank Moratti for saying he would sign me back immediately. But I'm very happy where I am. I don't want to leave Manchester City right now."

In the wake of the row between the club and Carlos Tevez and injury to Sergio Aguero, Balotelli's form has come at the ideal time for City.

The 21-year-old's escapades off the pitch had previously overshadowed his form on it, while several moments of indiscipline had left many wondering why manager Roberto Mancini had shelled out big money for the high-maintenance striker.

But his performance against neighbours Manchester United, where Balotelli's netted a double, emphasised his importance to the cause and he is now valuable a pivotal member of a City side chasing down their first league title since 1968.

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