Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has insisted that his team-mate Mario Balotelli is happy at the club.

Reports have been circulating theta the Italian international is growing frustrated by life in the Premier League and that he yearns for a return to his homeland, where his partner Raffaela Fico is due to give birth to their child.

AC Milan are believed to be willing to offer the controversial forward as escape route, despite him having played for city rivals Inter.

But, Barry believes that Balotelli is content at his current club and doesn’t believe that he is not planning to move on:

“I think he is happy,” said the England international. “If you saw him day-to-day, you’d see no reason to think he isn’t happy.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

“He’s probably not played as much as he would have liked, but he’s kept his head as well as anybody else who isn’t getting chances.

“He started against Wigan (in City’s 2-0 win on Wednesday) and scored, so that will help him.”

Roberto Mancini has been vocal in his criticism of the player recently, but Barry feels that the 22-year-old has mental strength handle disappointment, as he showed during their win of the Latics:

“Anyone who knows Mario knows he’s not going to lack confidence,

“If he misses two or three, he’ll keep trying the same things.

“Hopefully that goal will give him that extra bit of confidence in his play and he can improve from that.”

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