MARIO Balotelli does not want to leave Manchester City, despite struggling to make a lasting impact at the club, which saw him dropped from the squad for Sunday's win over Tottenham.
After his outstanding European Championship with Italy, Balotelli has started only six games this season, with his contribution in the 2-2 draw at Anfield in August the only one which could be considered a big game for the club. His continued struggle to prove the doubters wrong led to weekend reports that he may be destined to head back to Milan, with Internazionale and Milan said to be interested.
But the 22-year-old's agent, Mino Raiola, said yesterday the striker wanted to see out his contract, which expires in June 2015, and retained a belief he could establish himself at City, despite Edin Dzeko's emergence which has pushed him to fourth in the pecking order.
"There's no Italy and no plans to go there," said Raiola. "He'll work until the end of his contract. He doesn't want to leave."
Of Mancini's decision to drop Balotelli from the squad, Raiola said: "There's no player happy with not playing in a game but he accepts it. It's all part of the game. It doesn't mean he wants to leave Manchester."
Balotelli is yet to score in the Premier League for City in this campaign. His only goal in open play came in the 4-2 home defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup.
Meanwhile, Joe Hart has dismissed comparisons with Manchester United, despite City's ability to come from behind in games, like they did on Sunday, reflecting their neighbours.
City have come from behind to win four times this season, compared to United's eight in all competitions.
"That's what they (United) do. We're our own team now," Hart said. "We're developing a real identity."