No go for Mario - Mancini
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed the latest rumours linking striker Mario Balotelli with a move to AC Milan.
There has been constant speculation suggesting the Italian could join the San Siro giants throughout the current transfer window.
The noises coming out of Italy tend to vary but after suggestions Milan had been priced out of a permanent deal for the 22-year-old, there are now reports he could move on loan.
But Mancini said: "It is not true, Mario stays here. We didn't have any requests about Mario or other players."
Mancini has maintained this firm line on the possibility of Balotelli leaving the Etihad Stadium, even after a training-ground bust-up with the player earlier this month.
Milan are interested in the forward with vice-president Adriano Galliani issuing regular statements on the possibility of a deal but the club are unwilling to meet City's reported £28million valuation.
When asked if Balotelli was part of his long-term plans, Mancini said: "Yes, Mario has another three years on his contract."
The transfer window closes next week but Mancini is not anticipating much activity.
He said: "I don't know but we don't have enough players. We are 18 players now. We can't sell any players."
When asked on the possibility of players coming in, Mancini said: "I think it is difficult."