Balotelli and Mancini have a husband-and-wife relationship, reveals agent

The forward was left out of Manchester City's squad to face Tottenham, leading to speculation over his future, but his representative insists that he will be staying at the club
Mario Balotelli relationship with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is like that between a husband and wife, according to the forward's agent.

The Italy international was left out of the City squad for the 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, prompting speculation that he could be set to depart the club in the January transfer window - possibly to AC Milan.

However, his agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed that, while the 22-year-old argues with Mancini, he will be remaining at the club.

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"His relationship with Mancini is like that between a husband and his wife," Raiola told Radio CRC. "They argue but they love and respect each other so much.

"Everyone has their own ideas, but Mario will remain at Manchester City. He won't go to AC Milan.

"He will be a City player for at least another two-and-a-half years because Mario is not thinking about other clubs."