Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has ruled out the possibility of Mario Balotelli leaving the club this January.

The Italian striker has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions in recent times, with a series of poor performances and off-field incidents frustrating the club’s hierarchy.

AC Milan are rumoured to be interested in taking the controversial 22-year-old to the San Siro, but are unwilling to spend big to do so.

But, Mancini says that there is no chance of Balotelli leaving, and that no official bids have been received.

“It is not true, Mario stays here. We didn’t have any requests about Mario or other players,” he told the Daily Mail.

He also went on to say that the striker is integral to his plans.

“Yes, Mario has another three years on his contract.”

Most of the speculation surrounding City has focused on departures in recent weeks, but Mancini revealed that he is not in a position to let players leave with injuries stretching his squad.

“I don’t know but we don’t have enough players. We are 18 players now. We can’t sell any players,” he added.

When asked about the possibility of new players coming in to boost their title chances the Italian responded negatively.

“I think it is difficult.”