New Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has categorically denied any truth in the reports suggesting that he is ready to reunite himself with Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.
The Italian was appointed as the new boss at the San Siro late last week after the club decided to sack Walter Mazzarri after his poor start to the new campaign, and with Mancini's appointment came quick transfer speculation.
This is Mancini's second-spell in charge of Inter Milan, with his first coming in 2004 and ending in 2008, before he moved to England in order to take charge of Manchester City in 2009.
The 49-year-old has worked with Balotelli on this two separate occasions, bringing him into Inter's first-team before signing him for City. However, their relationship turned frosty and every week there seemed to be a new fall-out between the two leaked to the press, with pictures of the two going head-to-head in training.
As well as falling out with Mancini, Balotelli was pictured fighting with his team-mates and having to be pulled away from certain individuals.
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The 23-year-old was also regularly substituted off by Mancini for his below-par performances on the pitch or his lazy efforts.
However, despite all the negative memories between the two, reports still suggested that Mancini was ready to give him another chance in Italy and make him first signing back at San Siro.
He has since rubbished those reports, and stated that Balotelli will remain a Liverpool player, according to the Daily Express.
He said: "I think that Mario [Balotelli] is going to stay at Liverpool. It is a great opportunity for him.
"He has to do his best there. He has been lucky to get back into England playing for a big club.
"He has to take this chance."
Despite ruling out a move for Balotelli, Mancini refused to comment on the possibility of signing Liverpool skipper, Steven Gerrard.
The veteran's contract expires soon and there are claims that he could leave Anfield in order to have one last challenge in his illustrious career.
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