Rome: Mario Balotelli wants to stay with Manchester City despite manager Roberto Mancini's belief that the controversial Italian striker could be sold in the summer.
Balotelli's four red cards in two seasons, as well as a chequered life off the field, have exhausted Mancini's patience, but the player's agent Mino Raiola said his client wants to stay at Eastlands.
"This is not the moment to return to Italy. Mario must progress and learn in England. We haven't asked for a transfer for Mario," Raiola told Sky Sport after being quizzed on whether or not Balotelli would return to Inter Milan or even sign for AC Milan.