Manchester City ace set to stay

Mario Balotelli Manchester CityMario Balotelli’s agent has insisted the star striker is not set to leave Manchester City and the Premier League any time soon.

There has been intense speculation surrounding the Italian’s future following his failure to make the match day squad in City’s weekend encounter against Tottenham where they secured a 2-1 victory.

His fellow strike partners Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have been in glittering form, ensuring the £23 million signing from Inter Milan has had to watch on from the stands.

Despite this, the centre forward sees his future lying at the Etihad stadium and would like to remain in England.

There had been rumours that Balotelli could be tempted to return to his native Italy and former employers, who are thought to be keen to acquire his services.

However, Balotelli is contracted at City till 2015 and his agent has insisted his client will see through the deal and force his way back to being a pivotal figure in Roberto Mancini’s plans.

“There’s no Italy and no plans to go there,” his agent, Mino Raiola told Sky Sports.

“He’ll work until the end of his contract. He doesn’t want to leave.

“There’s no player happy with not playing in a game, but he accepts it.

“It’s all part of the game. It doesn’t mean he wants to leave Manchester.”

Next up for Manchester City and Balotelli is a home fixture against Aston Villa where they will be looking to build upon their encouraging result against Tottenham Hotspur and continue their unbeaten run at home.

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