Mario Balotelli has not requested paternity leave according to Manchester City
Manchester City have denied reports that striker Mario Balotelli will take two weeks' paternity leave over Christmas.
Last Updated: 06/11/12 3:54pm
The Italian's model girlfriend Raffaella Fico is due to give birth on Christmas Day and it was reported that Balotelli would return home, potentially missing a number of Premier League matches.
City said the club has checked with its human resource department, coaching staff and the 22-year-old's representatives, and confirmed that no such request had been made.
A spokesman said there was "no basis" to the story, adding: "No request relating to paternity leave has been made by the player/his representative or received by the club."