Mario Balotelli has settled his differences with Roberto Mancini and could stay at Manchester City for another two years, according to his agent.
The controversial striker has been a distraction at the club ever since he arrived from Inter Milan in 2010 and Mancini appeared to finally lose his patience on Sunday when Balotelli was sent off in a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
The City boss said after the game he would “probably” sell the 21-year-old, and former club Inter, plus rival side AC Milan were linked with the player.
But today his agent Mino Raiola insisted the striker had patched things up with Mancini and would not be going anywhere – though he admits it did look bad at one point.
“I am in Manchester but not for any transfer business. I have talked with Mario and Mancini, there was a moment of tension but now the situation is calmer,” Raiola told Sky Italia TV.
“Mario has understood his errors, he is special in every way, sometimes he makes mistakes without meaning to. There is enormous pressure from the fans on Mario but Manchester City do not intend to sell him.
“He must grow here then in one or two years, we’ll see.
“He must stay here, it is not true he is unhappy. When he leaves England he will do it as a winner.”
Balotelli is under contract with City until June, 2015.