Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has ruled out the prospect of signing Mario Balotelli this month.
The Italian forward has been linked with a return to his homeland, having failed to score a Premier League goal since signing for the Reds in the summer.
But Allegri has been quick to point out the 24-year-old will not be making a move to the Serie A champions.
Allegri said: “I think this is a made up story. Balotelli has done very well with me but he belongs to Liverpool and he is not a player that can arrive at Juventus.”
The player’s agent Mino Raiola, meanwhile, insists his client has no regrets over his decision to move to Merseyside back in August. Reports suggest the Reds have recieved no offers for Balotelli yet – loan or otherwise- and would be reluctant to sanction a move in any case.
“I’m not worried,” Raiola said. “Mario has been out for almost 10 weeks with an injury and you cannot judge him until he is 100 per cent fit. It’s not easy to go abroad and adapt quickly to a new team.
“Decisions are judged at the time when they are made. In the summer, it was right to leave Milan and I would do it again. Mario has gone to the best league in the world.
“Now he is not doing well at Liverpool for different reasons but Mario is calm and he is working to return to be in top condition. I do not regret this transfer and Mario’s departure from Milan.”