Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will stay at the club despite interest from his homeland, according to his agent.

Balotelli was left out of Sunday's squad to face Tottenham at home but Mancini insisted that was done as part of the player's rest and recovery.

And the striker's agent Mino Raiola is adamant the player is committed to the club for the long term, despite reported interest from AC Milan, telling Radio CRC: "His relationship with Mancini is like that between a husband and his wife. They argue but they love and respect each other so much."

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