Striker Mario Balotelli will stay with Manchester City until the end of next season at least according to the player’s agent.
Balotelli continues to court controversy in England, with his latest problem coming during the 3-2 win over Spurs at the weekend, with the Italian facing a possible suspension for kicking out at Scott Parker.
However, agent Mino Raiola has backed Balotelli to stay put as he enjoys the continuing support of City boss Roberto Mancini.
Raiola said: “I cannot say that Mario will remain at Manchester City for life. Certainly he will stay there this season and the next one, too. Then we will see.”
If City appeal against Balotelli’s violent conduct charge he could feature in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Having lost 1-0 at home, City are 12/1 with bet365 to win 2-0 at Anfield and reach the Wembley final.