Balotelli doing everything to save AC Milan and Italy future – Raiola

The Italian striker has scored just one league goal in 14 games this term and says he is doing everything he can to convince the club to make his loan deal a permanent one

Mino Raiola insists Mario Balotelli has not given up on his future at AC Milan or a place in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad.

The enigmatic striker has struggled on his loan return to San Siro from Liverpool this season due to form and fitness woes.

Balotelli has scored just once in 14 Serie A appearances, adding a further two against minnows Alessandria in the Coppa Italia semi-final, while he was left out of the Italy squad for their latest friendlies against Spain and Germany.

On Thursday, Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic praised Balotelli’s behaviour this season – often a stumbling point for the 25-year-old during his career – but said the player had more to do in terms of on-field performance.

Balotelli’s agent Raiola told Gazetta dello Sport that his client said: “In the last eight games I will give everything to convince Milan to buy me and earn a spot at Euro 2016.”

Raiola added: “For the first time, you cannot say anything about Mario’s behaviour.

“After the injury, he failed to get going. At this point it is more important that Mario is smiling again on the field.

“Privately he already does, but not enough. Of course, he needs a boost.”

This week, Italy boss Antonio Conte told Rai television he had decided on 16 of the 23 places in his squad for the finals in France.

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