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Inter and Juve not in for Balotelli

April 12, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Inter Milan and Juventus have said they are not interested in signing Mario Balotelli this summer.

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There has been intense speculation in Italy over Balotelli's future after Roberto Mancini said he would "probably" sell the striker following his ill-disciplined performance during Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, though the Manchester City boss has since indicated that the Italy international is likely to return to the side as soon as he serves his three-match suspension.

In any case, it appears there may be few suitors for a man whose temperament has come to overshadow an undoubted talent. Inter technical director Marco Branca recently said the club would not close the door on Balotelli, but president Massimo Moratti has now said a bid is not in the offing.

"We have been following what has been happening," Moratti said. "Technically speaking, Balotelli is a good player, but we have made no move for him and, to be honest, he's not in our plans."

Juventus have also been linked, though not as strongly as the Milan clubs, but director general Beppe Marotta said they would not be in the running for his signature.

"A lot of people are interested, but we are out of it," Marotta said. "I hope that he stays at City, where the club and the directors have focused on him a lot. I hope he finds a balance and the mentality to become a champion."

Agent Mino Raiola has reiterated that Balotelli is unlikely to move on this summer.

"Balotelli will end his career in Italy, but at the moment it's better for him to stay at Manchester City," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Manchester City don't want to sell him. Mario misses Italy but this still isn't the right moment to go back.

"I'm just here in Manchester now to talk with Mancini about Balotelli. We're not going to talk about the transfer market."