Man City striker Mario Balotelli's agent has dismissed reports of a transfer agreement with AC Milan.
But agent does imply that City are a stepping stone
The agent of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has dismissed suggestions that a transfer agreement is in place with AC Milan.
Balotelli has struggled to settle in England since his multi-million pound arrival from Inter Milan last summer and he has been struggling with homesickness.
The Italy international, 20, is reported to be interested in a move back to the city of Milan at the end of the season, but his representative claims that there is nothing set in stone.
When asked if Balotelli would go to Milan, his agent, Mino Raiola, told Radio Kiss Kiss
: "One day, perhaps. But he will go elsewhere.
"I am single in my work. I am not married to anyone. Balotelli will be free to go where he wants to go when the right time arrives for this."
But Raiola has implied that City are viewed merely as a stepping stone in Balotelli's career, despite the hundreds of millions of pounds spent in a bid to become Premier League champions.
The January arrival of Edin Dzeko will also limit Balotelli's opportunities at the City of Manchester Stadium and Raiola has indicated that there are ambitions to eventually move elsewhere.
"For now, it is premature talking about it. I don't want him to go away from Manchester because City is the ideal team for him," said Raiola.
"The Premier League is perfect for him and he has not shown anything. His next step will be to prove his worth so that AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or others may have to battle to take him.
"We have no agreements with Milan nor with others. We must not do favours for anyone."