AC Milan deny Mario Balotelli transfer rumours

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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has dismissed reports suggesting he is planning to sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

The 20-year-old, who only moved to City from Inter Milan in the summer, was recently spotted with Galliani at a restaurant, fuelling reports that the Rossoneri were looking to sign him in January after Pippo Inzaghi picked up a serious knee injury.

Balotelli has endured a difficult start to his time at Eastlands with injury and then suspension stalling his progress.

However, Galliani told Gr Parlamento radio: "To be honest, he's a guy that I find very nice and we did have dinner in the same restaurant. We talked about this and that, but there are no negotiations in progress.

"After all, Manchester City is a rich and powerful club and they have not taken Balotelli only for six months."

Inzaghi will not play again this season because of a cruciate ligament injury, but Galliani added: "Inzaghi will be greatly missed, but we have four strikers for two positions.

"Pippo is an extraordinary person and he hasn't finished his career. He will recover and return to play in our jersey. He has managed to come back from injury before and will succeed this time too."

Meanwhile, Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho has vowed to remain with the Rossoneri for the foreseeable future, despite his current contract running out at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from Milan, but Ronaldinho insists that he is more than content with life at the San Siro.

He told the Gazzetta dello Sport: "My future? I reiterate one last time that I have no intention of leaving Milan.

"The success that I will get with the Rossoneri will give me the drive to achieve my lifelong dream, to play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Take my name away from the transfer market, because I'm happy at Milan."

Ronaldinho joined Milan in the summer of 2008 from Barcelona, having previously enjoyed success with Paris St Germain.

He has also won nearly 90 caps for the Selecao and helped Brazil to glory at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.