AC Milan confident about Mario Balotelliís stay
Mario Balotelli has attracted controversy in Italy. The AC Milan striker is being linked with a stunning move to Chelsea where the Italy international will reunite with his former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has rubbished reports about Balotelli moving out of the San Siro. Galliani insists Balotelli has no intentions of abandoning the Rossoneri by moving to Chelsea or any other club.
Rumors about Balotelli’s potential move to Chelsea were initiated by the Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola on Tuesday. Raiola told The Sun that the 23-year-old Italy international and “Mourinho could be reunited” at Chelsea since the player and manager enjoy a close relationship.
Galliani is of the firm belief that Balotelli is happy with his stay at AC Milan and that the striker wouldn’t hand in a transfer request during the January transfer window or at the end of the season.
Galliani also confirmed that Balotelli was committed to the Rossoneri and wanted to acquire success at the Italian club.
“There is absolutely no problem with Balotelli,” Galliani said. “Mario will continue to be our star. He is not going anywhere. He is a fascinating individual with global appeal. He will stay with Milan because he is happy here and has a long contract with the club.”
Balotelli will certainly think twice before rejecting the opportunity to join Chelsea after AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri admitted his side will have to face a tough challenge in acquiring a Champions League berth this season.
A 1-1 draw against Lazio on Wednesday leaves AC Milan in the middle of the table with a 13-point deficit from the top-four teams on the Serie A table. The draw is likely to put further pressure on Allegri, which is why he face difficulty in retaining Balotelli’s services.
Galliani defended Allegri and insisted that AC Milan had full confidence the manager.
“Allegri will continue as coach,” Galliani said. “At the end of the season we will analyse the situation as we always do. We are still in three competitions and all three of them can qualify you for Europe.”