Roberto Mancini says he has no plans to re-sign Mario Balotelli for Inter Milan in January

'Liverpool is a great opportunity for him,' says Mancini

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Roberto Mancini says he will not try and re-sign Mario Balotelli for Inter Milan in January.

Mancini has coached the controversial striker twice before for Inter and Manchester City, and their relationship was described as like a "father and son...who would kick lumps out of each other" in Sergio Aguero's recent biography.

The former Galatsasaray manager's return to San Siro was confirmed on Saturday, but he said that he has has no plans to make another move for Balotelli.

 

Balotelli has been far from firing on all cylinders since joining Liverpool for £16m from AC Milan in August. He has scored two goals in 14 appearances for the club in all competitions, and has failed to break his duck for the Reds in the Premier League.

"I think that Mario is going to stay at Liverpool," said Mancini. "It is a great opportunity for him. 

"He has to do his best there. He has been lucky to get back into England playing for a big club. 

"He has to take this chance."

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