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De Jong signs new AC Milan contract

 By Ben Gladwell

Mario Balotelli 'needs to be loved'

Mario Balotelli will leave AC Milan this summer if he no longer feels loved, according to his agent.

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Dumbfounded by the criticism levelled at his client after Italy's premature World Cup exit, agent Mino Raiola says if Balotelli were to face similar treatment on a domestic level, he would not hesitate in finding him a new club.

"It's fundamental for Mario that he plays in a place where he is loved," Raiola told RAI television in quotes reported by La Stampa. "At Milan, there are some people who love him and others who don't. I think that [vice president Barbara] Berlusconi is right when she says that nobody is irreplaceable."

Raiola -- who had earlier claimed his client was "sad and desperate" about the situation -- says he is not going to ask the Rossoneri to release the 23-year-old, but he has invited them to get in touch if they ever have any doubts about keeping him.

"Only Milan can sell Balotelli because he has a contract with them, but if they don't want to keep hold of him, then all they have to do is call and we can have a meeting. I'm willing to talk to them," he added.

Finding a taker for the forward should not be a problem, even if potential suitors Arsenal do not seem to be interested.

"Do you really think there's a better forward in Italy than Balotelli?" Raiola asked.


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