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Mancini: Man City owner won't sell Balotelli

ESPN staff
January 1, 2013
Mario Balotelli is aware of what Roberto Mancini expects from him at Manchester City © Getty Images

Roberto Mancini insists Mario Balotelli will remain at Manchester City well into the future due to club owner Sheikh Mansour recognising the Italian "was signed as a major investment".

Balotelli has not yet hit peak form this season, scoring three goals in all competitions. Such form has led to speculation the striker will depart the Premier League for Serie A giants AC Milan in January, but Mancini moved swiftly to clarify City's stance on the matter.

"Sheikh Mansour likes Balotelli because he recognises the talent and he exports the name of City over the world," Mancini said.

"We need to realise Mario was signed as a major investment and this is not a club that throws its capital through the window. I think Mario will stay but the future depends mostly on him."

The City manager also stressed that there is no problem between he and Balotelli, despite a dispute over a disciplinary fine incurred last month.

"The relationship between me and him is always good. I love him because for many years we live together and I've seen him grow. But the professional relationship is another thing and I've told Mario what I need from him."

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