Despite delivering stern words to his young striker after Sunday's Manchester derby, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on Monday said Mario Balotelli is not for sale.
"We are waiting for the moment he becomes aware of his talent. That is why he is not for sale," Mancini said.
Mancini also played down suggestions City could move for a host of Serie A players in January.
The Italian said he has no intention of resurrecting his summer approach for Roma's Daniele de Rossi and also denied any interest in Wesley Sneijder, who is out of favor at Inter Milan amid a contract dispute.
"We tried to take De Rossi in the summer. The deal is not going anywhere and the story is over. I think De Rossi remains at Rome, I do not think he will leave," Mancini said. "Sneijder is a great player, but we have players like (Samir) Nasri and (David) Silva that have similar characteristics. Despite his great quality, Sneijder is not a player that we need."
In Sunday's match, Balotelli was selected ahead of Carlos Tevez to start up front in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United but was replaced by the Argentinian early in the second half.
"When you have a player that has Mario's quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window," Mancini said.
Those remarks in turn fed speculation over Balotelli's future at the Etihad Stadium, with reports the former Inter Milan frontman could return to the San Siro in a loan move to AC Milan. Mancini, however, silenced the trade rumors.
"Balotelli has enormous quality, he is not for sale," Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is a player of 22 years old who has the quality to change a game at any time. I hope this moment will come soon."
AC Milan's Stephane El Shaarawy, Serie A's top scorer, was another name mentioned but Mancini said: "I do not think we can take him, Milan have found a great champion for the future."