Italy international striker Mario Balotelli is happy at Manchester City, despite recent reports linking him with a return to the San Siro, with both AC Milan and Internazionale rumoured to be interested in his services, according to Balotelli’s rather infamous representative Mino Raiola.
Balotelli, 22, has failed to score in nine appearances in the Premier League this season, and has scored just twice in 14 matches in all competitions for the defending league champions.
His disappointing 2012-13 club campaign has been surely magnified because of his scintillating form for the Azzurri at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
Nonetheless, Mino Raiola has rubbished reports linking the Italian forward with a move away from the Etihad Stadium.
“He feels really good at City,” Mino Raiola told Mediaset.
“There is no crisis between Mario and City or between Mario and Mancini. What the papers write is garbage. Not being happy at being in the stands is completely different to wanting to leave.
“We plan to stay at City for at least another year-and-a-half. Even if we did decide to leave tomorrow, I don’t think there are any clubs in Italy that could sign him.”
Balotelli signs for Salford City
Enoch Balotelli, the younger brother of Mario Balotelli, has joined non-league Salford City on a free transfer following disappointing trials at Sunderland and Stoke City last season, the Daily Mail understands.
The deal is subject to international clearance, which may take up to a few weeks to resolve itself.
In the meantime, Balotelli, 20, revealed that he is happy to join the Northern Premier League First Division outfit.
“I am more than happy to join Salford,” insisted Balotelli. “I just want to play football. I trained with them last night, I enjoyed it, so I signed.”
Liverpool submit £5m bid for Ince
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool have made a £5 million bid to lure former youth starlet Thomas Ince back to Anfield.
Ince, the son of former Manchester United player Paul Ince, has been on absolutely brilliant form for Blackpool this season, tallying nine goals and six assists in 14 appearances in the English Championship.
To make things rather interesting, Liverpool released Ince just one year ago.
The England Under-21 international agreed to terms with Blackpool on 3 August 2011, and has proved to be a fantastic signing ever since.
Ince would go on to score a match-winning brace against Doncaster Rovers just two weeks after signing on at Blackpool.
I do not believe £5 million is enough to lure the attacker back to Anfield, with Blackpool surely going to hold out for a transfer fee in the region of £10 million.