Balotelli speculation dismissed

Agent says for 'umpteenth time' that striker will not be leaving

Mario Balotelli: Continues to be linked with a move away from Man City, but agent says he will stay

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Mario Balotelli's agent has again quashed speculation linking the Manchester City striker with a move away from the club after fresh reports suggested Napoli were interested in signing him.

Balotelli has steadily become a more influential player at the Etihad Stadium since making the move from Inter Milan in the summer of 2010, helping City to the top of the Premier League this Christmas.

However, he has also continued to make headlines off the field and is thought to still miss life in his native Italy.

Rumours about a switch back to his homeland have never been far away but Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, is growing tired of the transfer talk.

Raiola insists that there is no chance of Balotelli leaving in January to join Napoli, who qualified for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League at City's expense.

Long contract

"Balotelli to Napoli? I think this market deal is impossible," he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

"I'll say this for the umpteenth time: Mario has a very long contract with City and an out clause that is very high.

"He has no intention of leaving England."

While Balotelli has been connected with a move to Napoli, Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik has been linked with a move away from the Italian club.

Raiola is also Hamsik's agent and is confident he will soon sign a new deal to stay in Naples.

"Hamsik still has a contract with Napoli, he is very good there and doesn't want to leave," said Raiola.