"The Black Stars asked Mario to accept a call-up to the national side, where he would have been a first-choice, but he declined," Balotelli's brother Corrado revealed to Guerin Sportivo.
"He just didn't want to lose the chance to play for Italy in the future."
Corrado acts as an agent to his gifted sibling and also outlined the latest contract situation, as reports suggest that a large extension is on the horizon.
"For now there is nothing on the table," he explained. "I have heard that we will be signing a renewal until 2013, but we think we will talk about it further when Mario is legally an adult and can get his Italian citizenship."