Milan won't cart Mario off

Published Nov. 18, 2010 7:15 a.m. EST

The Italy international only joined City from Inter Milan this summer but has already been linked with a return to the San Siro. AC Milan are seeking reinforcements after losing veteran forward Filippo Inzaghi to a serious knee injury and Balotelli has been a reported target of the Rossoneri. Balotelli, a lifelong fan of Milan, said to Mediaset: "The likelihood is that I will be at City up to June. I have a five-year contract and I can't say anything." Speculation intensified over Balotelli's future after the 20-year-old striker was spotted on Sunday night having supper with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani in a restaurant in Milan. "It's true that I had supper with (Adriano) Galliani after the (Milan) derby," Balotelli said. "But had I eaten with (Inter president Massimo) Moratti the media would have said that I was going to Inter." Balotelli did, however, state that he and AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic would form a dream partnership. "Ibrahimovic and I would make a very strong (attacking) duo," he said.