Mario Balotelli will stay at Liverpool, claims his agent

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will remain at the club next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli walks past manager Brendan Rodgers as he is substituted against Besiktas JK during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Italy international’s first season after a £16million move from AC Milan was a flop with just four goals – only one of which came in the Barclays Premier League – and he was top of a list of names the club reportedly wanted to offload this summer.

However, Raiola insists the 24-year-old is staying where he is.

“We have talks with Liverpool and he will stay,” he told Sky Sports. “I spoke many times with the club and they were happy with his input as a professional.”

Asked whether the striker and manager Brendan Rodgers had adapted to each other over the course of the season, Raiola added: “I think Mario did, I cannot talk for Brendan Rodgers.

“Obviously we’re pretty confident it’ll happen next year.”

Balotelli did not feature in Liverpool’s final four matches of the season, with his last appearance in the 1-0 defeat at Hull signifying the end of their challenge for Champions League qualification.

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