Man City boss Mancini rules out Balotelli sale

Roberto Mancini has insisted he has no intention of letting Mario Balotelli leave Manchester City in the winter transfer window after the Italy international scored his first Premier League goal of the season on Wednesday evening, the Daily Mail has reported.

Balotelli opened the scoring in the second-half as the Premier League champions beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium. James Milner scored the game’s other goal with a spectacular long-range effort, but the win was not enough to return City to the top of the table as Manchester United also won, 1-0 at home to West Ham, to maintain the one-point difference between the sides.

City had toiled for over an hour before Balotelli intervened, with the Mail suggesting the striker rewarded the faith of his manager, who chose to substitute top scorer Sergio Aguero instead of Balotelli. A minute later and City had broken the deadlock.

Mancini after the match denied there was any chance of Balotelli leaving the club in January. He said: “No it’s not true. It’s his first goal this season and I hope he can improve after this game. We thought of bring Mario off but we thought he was fresher than Aguero. We have four top strikers but we’ve had some difficulty scoring goals like we did last season.

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