Thursday, 4 December 2008

Arsenal, Chelsea & Liverpool Warned Off Inter Prodigy


Premier League clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have been warned off Italian Under-21 International Striker Mario Balotelli, with Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti insisting that the youngster will not be leaving the San Siro when the transfer window reopens in January.

18-year-old Balotelli, who was born to a Ghanaian family before being put up for adoption, passed up the opportunity to play for Ghana in the summer after receiving a call-up to the national squad.

The Nerazzurri striker is highly thought of in Italy, and was made an Italian citizen on his 18th birthday in August, with Pierluigi Casiraghi the Italy under-21 coach already handing Balotelli 4 caps, which has seen the Inter Milan starlet score three times.

Balotelli is valued at £19million by Inter and is understood to currently earn £1.1million-a-year at Jose Mourinho’s side, with it also believed that Balotelli is eager to remain at the Italian Champions.

However, Moratti has stated that Balotelli will not be sold, despite not being a regular starter under Jose Mourinho, with reports in Italy suggesting that the young striker could be sent out on loan next month to gain valuable first team experience.

“Someone will certainly depart,” he is quoted as saying in Tuttosport on Thursday.

“but I can assure you that Balotelli will not move.”

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