Mario Balotelli could be willing to extend his contract at Manchester City to warn off interest from Serie A, according to the player's agent Mino Raiola.
The Italian striker has endured a profitable campaign at the Etihad Stadium, having netted 11 goals as the club fight on four fronts this season.
However, amid fallings out with a number of teammates, including manager Roberto Mancini, reports of a quick return to his homeland have failed to diminish.
But his agent Raiola said: "Mario feels well in Manchester and perhaps he'll extend his contract.
"My feeling is it won't be easy for him to go to Serie A. He's too 'big' for Italy."
Balotelli has been linked with a move to both Inter an AC Milan, who are both squabbling over a move for striker Carlos Tevez, who is surplus to requirements at City following his own falling out with Mancini.
With the Serie A pair yet to agree a fee with the Premier League leaders for Tevez, Raiola questions whether either have the capacity to agree a deal for the effervescent Balotelli.
"If Inter and AC Milan have difficulties finding £25m for Tevez, how can they pay £60m for Balotelli," he added.
The 21-year-old's eye-catching performances in the blue of City have often been overshadowed by off the field incidents, the latest of which saw him clash with teammate Micah Richards during a training session last month.