The right-back wants his Italy team-mate to stay with the Rossoneri for the forseeable future after making a big impact in his first few months at the club
Balotelli has quickly become a key player at the San Siro since his January move from Manchester City, scoring seven goals in six Serie A appearances, and Abate would like to see his Italy team-mate stay put for the foreseeable future.
"Balotelli’s mentality seems right to me. I hope he stays at Milan for a long time. Milanello is a family, everyone helps each other," the right-back said at a press conference.
Abate then went on to praise promising youngster Mattia De Sciglio, who recently made his Italy debut.
"De Sciglio is a calm and balanced guy who has his head in the right place, which is quite rare for someone so young."
The 20-year-old defender has become an important first team member at Milan this term after making his official first team debut in September 2011.