Manchester City have continued to play down speculation that striker Mario Balotelli could leave the club for AC Milan.

City manager Roberto Mancini has consistently said his fellow Italian is not for sale throughout this month's transfer window but that has not quashed rumours linking him with the San Siro giants.

Fresh reports have emerged claiming negotiations between the clubs have begun, but City first-team coach David Platt said: "I saw that speculation yesterday but I've not heard anything. As far as we are concerned I think he is still a Manchester City player. I don't think there is anything is going to happen."

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