MAD MARIO HAS NO JAN ES­CAPE PLAN Agent says Balo stays un­til sum­mer

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LIVERPOOL flop Mario Balotelli is not look­ing for a Jan­uary break for free­dom.

Balotelli’s move to Mersey­side has turned into a night­mare with the £16mil­lion sign­ing yet to score for the Reds in the Premier League.

Boss Bren­dan Rodgers left him out of his squad for Liverpool’s 0-0 FA Cup draw with Bolton last week­end be­cause he wasn’t cut­ting it in train­ing.

But Balotelli’s agent in­sists the for­mer AC Milan and Manchester City striker will not be push­ing for a move be­fore the trans­fer win­dow shuts.

Mino Raiola said: “He is happy at Liverpool.

“No­body is happy to be left out, but he re­acted in a pro­fes­sional way.

“Mario will win this strug­gle and be­come bet­ter. It is then up to Rodgers to give him a chance.

“Mario needs to adapt and Liverpool need to adapt.

“He was in­jured and moved to a big club. This move was the right thing to do in his ca­reer. He’s still one of the best in the world.

“We didn’t ask to leave. It is too early to say we leave in Jan­uary.

“There are no big prob­lems. He’s adapt­ing to a new style that the man­ager wants. We’ll see in the sum­mer.”

Rodgers has also sug­gested that Liverpool would not look to cut their losses on Balotelli in Jan­uary.

The Reds boss in­sists the 24-year-old – who he de­scribed as a “good boy” – will get fur­ther chances be­fore the end of the sea­son.

Balotelli has so far started just eight league games, and a part­ing of the ways at the end of the

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eye on James Mil­ner sea­son looks in­evitable – if Liverpool can find a buyer.

But Raiola claims the pair have not fallen out.

The agent added: “They’re talk­ing and it is a good re­la­tion­ship.

“Mario likes him. It is tech­ni­cal rea­sons they don’t agree on, but Mario will strive to give the man­ager what he wants.”

The Kop club are still keep­ing tabs on Man City mid­fielder James Mil­ner.

The 29-year-old is still to com­mit to a new con­tract at the Eti­had and Rodgers is ready to pounce if he opts to move on.

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