Mario Balotelli is demanding a paternity test after Italian showgirl Raffaella Fico claimed on Monday that she is carrying the Manchester City forward's baby.
The Italy international's former girlfriend told Chi magazine that she informed the striker on the eve of last Thursday's Euro 2012 semifinal clash with Germany that she was four-months pregnant with his child.
Balotelli has now issued a press release in which he claims that he has no intention of shirking his responsibilities, but is seeking a DNA test to prove that he is indeed the father.
"I am very disappointed. I do not think it's normal not to know anything until the fourth month [of the pregnancy]," explained the 21-year-old, who added that the couple broke up in April. "I do not understand why she did not contact me immediately to tell me something of such importance.
"I'll assume all my responsibilities when I have the proof of my paternity."
Balotelli is also annoyed that Fico has already sought to make money from the drama by selling photos and interviews.
"I think that Rafaella is already famous enough not to have to take advantage of this story for publicity purposes," he said.
"This is the first and only time I will discuss this topic in public and so I have no intention of replying independently to what is said or written by Raffaella."
Fico claimed that Balotelli, who netted twice in the Azzurri's 2-1 victory over Germany, had been overjoyed with the news that she was expecting.