Transfer news: Mario Balotelli's agent dismisses Inter transfer rumours

Image: Mario Balotelli: Set for Liverpool stay, according to his agent

Mario Balotelli's agent has dismissed reports that his client is set to return to Serie A when the January transfer window opens.

The 24-year-old Italy international striker has failed to score in the Premier League since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in August.

Balotelli to Inter Milan? It's impossible, not because Mancini has returned but for other reasons that I don't wish to get into.
Mino Raiola, Balotelli's agent

Reports in Italy have linked Balotelli with a return to his former club Inter Milan in January, with the Nerazzurri keen to reinforce their attacking options.

Inter recently brought back coach Roberto Mancini, who has managed Balotelli both with Inter and at Manchester City.

"Mario will not return to Serie A," said Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola.

Fantastic

"Him (Balotelli) to Inter? It's impossible, not because Mancini has returned but for other reasons that I don't wish to get into."

Balotelli, who is under contract with Liverpool until June 2017, has not played for Italy since the World Cup in Brazil.

He was called up by Italy head coach Antonio Conte earlier this month but missed the European Qualifier against Croatia and a friendly against Albania with a hamstring and groin problem, which also saw him ruled out of Liverpool’s defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

"There's absolutely no problem with the national team," Raiola added. "The relationship with Conte is fantastic.

"The head coach is not there to change Mario. If he (Balotelli) behaves well then he can be an added value to the national team.

"But there is so much talk about him in order to create scandals where they don't exist. It's not true that Mario faked an injury in Italy's last training camp."

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