Manchester City have poured cold water on fresh reports that Mario Balotelli is well on his way to AC Milan.
The striker has been repeatedly linked with a move to Italy, and the Sun today claimed City would announce the 22-year-old’s departure in a £17million deal that could also see Kevin-Prince Boateng leave the San Siro for the Premier League champions.
It has also been reported that Balotelli, who cost City £22m from Inter Milan in 2010, had thrown a party which is considered his farewell party, reports futaa.com.
David Platt was speaking on Mancini's behalf at a press conference to preview City's Barclays Premier League trip to QPR and said the team have not received any offer for the 22 year old.
“I saw that speculation yesterday but I’ve not heard anything.
“As far as we are concerned I think he is still a Manchester City player. I don’t think there is anything is going to happen,” he said.
Balotelli has never been far from controversy in England, and after a training-ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini this month, as well as patchy form and infrequent starts this season, it was anticipated City would cut their losses on the Italy international.