Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has ruled out sending Mario Balotelli away on-loan in January. Balotelli's future has come into question after coach Jose Mourinho axed him to the youth team earlier this month.

But Moratti says: "We consider Balotelli a player of great quality, with a great future. I think Mourinho is working just to make sure he can deliver the best quality, they also seek to give him the discipline necessary to express himself better.

"We have no intention of giving him to a team of Serie B, or to give him on loan to a Serie A team, nor does he have a big contract."