Mario Balotelli has no intention of leaving Manchester City and returning to Italy, according to his agent.
Recent speculation has linked the enigmatic striker with Serie A champions Juventus but agent Mino Raiola has rubbished talk that the 21-year-old will be making a return to his homeland.
Raiola, whose client is preparing for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final with Germany, insists the current state of the game is a huge factor in Balotelli remaining at the Etihad.
"Maybe I have not been clear - Balotelli can't come back to Italy," Raiola said.
"Italian football's economic situation means that at the moment top players can't come to Italy.
"In football, nothing is impossible, but Mario hasn't spoken to me.
"He has no intention to come back. City and the coach are relying on him."