Mario Balotelli claims he is ready to reject interest from AC Milan and stay with Manchester City.
The Italian striker has been constantly in the headlines during two years of success at the Etihad Stadium, helping his side to an FA Cup trophy in his first season and the Premier League title earlier in May.
However, off-field indiscretions and on-field misdemeanors have also punctuated his spell under Roberto Mancini, with four red cards since moving from Inter Milan in the summer of 2010 a particularly eye-catching stat.
A firm fans’ favourite though, Balotelli’s comments will be met with delight from the City faithful, who have seen the player score 27 goals in 60 competitive appearances for the club.
"I'm staying in Manchester, so I'd say no to Milan. Not now, not in these years. I'm at City," he told The Independent.
Part of Cesare Prandelli’s squad for this summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, Balotelli also insisted that his volatile temperament won’t leave the Azzurri in the lurch, and that he has no intention of getting sent-off on such a big stage.
"I will never leave the national team with 10 men.”