AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has had to deny reports linking Mario Baloltelli with a move away from the Italian giants.
Following his move from Manchester City last January, Balotelli has yet again had to endure media speculation for his off-field actions, with Milan even having to hire a police officer to look after the unruly striker.
The 23-year-old striker has been linked with a move away from Italy due to his deteriorating off-the-field behaviour and the intense media focus it brings.
Allegri, however, has since denied that the striker, who is contracted with Milan until 2017, will be plying his trade elsewhere come the transfer window.
"He will not leave in January," Allegri told Milan's official website.
"I think Mario should be left in peace. It's not difficult to manage him. There's far too much discussion of the man's private life.
"I think Balotelli should be judged for what he does on the pitch like all other players."
The speculation surrounding the striker's future was only accentuated after he was substituted during Milan's 3-2 defeat at Parma. Allegri, however, has distanced that decision from Balotelli's long-term future, and his comments no doubt come on the back of a concern of losing his star striker, who has scored 23 goals in 29 games since his return.
"Mario didn't play well against Parma but I'm sure he will make amends against Lazio," said Allegri.
"He scored 12 goals in 13 games last year. In the first half of the season he has done great things."
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