Balotelli rules out Italy return

The young Italian striker moved to City from Inter Milan before the

season and despite making headlines on and off the pitch at

Eastlands, he is committed to the English club. “For the time

being, I am happy in England,” Balotelli told Corriere dello Sport.

Balotelli, who is currently in Italy after helping City win the FA

Cup, has never hidden his love for AC Milan but insists that a move

to the Rossoneri is out of the question. “I compliment Milan for

winning the scudetto, but with regards to me, I am happy in

England,” he said. Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola is confident his

client’s long-term future is at City, where he is under contract

until June 2015. “I’m 2000 per cent certain that Balotelli will

remain at Manchester City,” Raiola said. The 20-year-old finished

the Premier League season in good form and has been recalled to the

Italy squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Estonia on June 3

and the friendly against the Republic of Ireland four days later.

Balotelli was dropped for the victories over Slovenia and Ukraine

in March due to a violation of the team’s code of conduct. The

Italy international was sent off during a Europa League match for a

violent tackle on Dynamo Kiev defender Goran Popov.