Serie A - Milan deny Balotelli sale reports

As expected, Milan released a statement denying president Silvio Berlusconi put Mario Balotelli on the market.

The report emerged in Il Secolo XIX on Saturday morning, suggesting the patron was furious with his behaviour and demanded a sale during the January transfer window.

That afternoon Milan released a statement absolutely denying the statements that were attributed to the president of Milan regarding an unthinkable placement of Mario Balotelli on the market. Mario Balotelli is and remains a Milan player.”

The Genoa-based paper had suggested Berlusconi confided in members of his entourage that he had run out of patience.

“I’ve had enough and the decision is made. Mario is officially on the market and we need to sell him before the end of January,” Berlusconi allegedly said.

The patron had problems with 'Super Mario' in the past, famously describing him as a “rotten apple” before the transfer from Manchester City was completed.

However, it was always extremely unlikely the Rossoneri would sell their best player and top scorer, particularly as they are still in the Champions League and will face Atletico Madrid in February.