Chelsea-linked Balotelli snubs Premier League return, for now...

Mario Balotelli has ruled out a January move away from AC Milan.

The former Manchester City man has endured a difficult campaign with AC Milan this term, marred by personal controversies and the side’s collectively poor form.

He has still managed to bag six goals in 13 appearances as the Rossoneri have limped to eleventh place in Serie A – albeit a far cry from the 12 in 13 he scored to drag the stuttering giants to Champions League qualification last season after leaving the Etihad.

Reports in Italy over the holiday break suggested an ‘unsettled’ Balotelli was ready to move on once more, gaining traction in the New Year.

The Mail named Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as possible suitors in recent days – the former two having been constantly tipped to move for a top striker in January.

Yet any purported move for the 23-year-old appeared to be quashed on Tuesday courtesy of Adriano Galliani.

The Milan vice president claimed the mercurial hit-man would remain at San Siro ‘101%’ on Monday, speaking no further on the matter.

And Balotelli himself has now echoed the club official.

I am staying at Milan,” he told Chi.

I have to get ready for the World Cup and stay calm.”

The Italy international certainly will not be on the move for now – although he did not shed light on what the future may hold in his statement.

Balotelli is as unpredictable as they come, but it seems to remain within the realm of possibility he could depart Milan upon his return from Brazil this summer.

His past relationship with Jose Mourinho would appear to cross Stamford Bridge off the list of possible destinations, yet certainties should not be so quickly associated with the striker.

The Blues will likely consider all options up front and Arsenal should be in the hunt unless they break the bank for a big name before the end of the month.

So do not be surprised if Balotelli is in for a switch back to the Premier League by August, given his history of swapping clubs after short-term stints.

But then again, do not be surprised if he stays at Milan either.

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