Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has reiterated that Mario Balotelli will be staying at the Etihad Stadium and denied he is taking the Italy job.

 

Reports had suggested AC Milan were interested in luring the Italy international away from Manchester, but the Serie A club’s chief executive has denied this is the case.

 

“Mario to AC Milan? No, no, not AC Milan, Manchester City is his. Do they make a good couple? Yes, a nice couple,” he is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.

 

Mancini was speaking with reporters while on holiday (video above) when he indicated Balotelli would be a long-term fixture at the Citizens.

 

There have been reports suggesting the Italian FA wanted to approach the City boss as a possible successor to current Azzurri manager Cesare Prandelli, but Mancini denied this, claiming the rumours were false.

 

Balotelli has been the centre of attention once more, but this time it is solely to do with issues on the field.

 

After being dropped to the bench for Italy’s final group game against Ireland, Balotelli came on as a late sub and scored spectacular volley to seal the win that sent his country through to the quarter-finals.

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