Roberto Mancini has still faith in Mario Balotelli ( no april fool, really )

Balotelli saw his last red card and played his last game for Manchester City
Balotelli saw his last red card and played his last game for Manchester City

Mario Balotelli, a child brilliant at football and incredibly bad at everything else and City manager Roberto Mancini has not given up on Mario Balotelli yet, claims Manchester City striker’s agent Mino Raiola.

Manchester / NationalTurk – ‘Mario Balotelli is a fantastic player but I hope for Balotelli he can understand that he can change his behaviour in the future. He will probably not play in the next six games.’ said Mancini, Manchester City manager and mentor of Balotelli. Mario Balotelli was given his fourth red card of his Manchester City career in the closing stages of Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal. The red card seemingly finished Mario Balotelli’s Manchester City career with Roberto Mancini conceding that the former Inter Milan man has ‘ probably ‘ saw his last red card and played his last game for Manchester City.

‘I heard Roberto Mancini and I as Mario’s agent can guarantee that the intention is not to sell Balotelli. If so then I will speak in person with Mancini and Manchester City,’ Raiola said.

Roberto Mancini, the man who knows Mario Balotelli since he was 15 years old and brought him to Manchester City from Inter Milan tried so hard and then admit that he might try and sell him in the future must be difficult to gulp.

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The defeat in north London saw City fall eight points behind leaders Manchester United and all but ends their bid to win this season’s Premier League.

Mario Balotelli is a 21-year-old genius when it comes to scoring goals. And an absolute dud when it comes to making tackles, curbing his temper and living a life which is not showered on the back pages of England’s sensationalist tabloids. Balotelli’s red cards and tantrums are more than a few.

Balotelli returned to City’s Carrington complex this morning but was at the training ground for less than an hour before the glum-faced striker left in his Range Rover Evoque after Balotelli was sent off late on for a second yellow card after Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta scored the winner three minutes from time. But it was his high challenge on Alex Song that went unnoticed and unpunished which could see the Football Association hand out a longer ban.

Whether Balotelli is heading for the exit this summer too remains unclear as does Mancini’s own future on Eastlands, but the Italian striker’s representative believes Mancini’s comments were misunderstood.

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Mario Balotelli is just like that. Ask him to score a 90th minute penalty to put his side ahead in a crucial title-race match, and he can do it with the calm reminiscent of how Zinedine Zidane would take his spot-kicks.

If you put Mario Balotelli outside the box at Old Trafford and he can curl in an inch perfect goal past a sea of quality defenders, turn his back to the crowd and unleash a t-shirt saying ‘Why Always Me’.

And just in case you’ve forgotten, he stood as cool as an iceberg when a high ball came to him near the goal line and as if he was too bored to move a muscle, shrugged his shoulders and scored. Absolute quality.

Mario Balotelli quotes incl. his time at Inter Milan

– “I do not feel for Inter inside. If I don’t play, I’ll leave — it is as simple as that.”

– “My biological parents have talked of two people forcing them to give their child up for adoption due to poverty. This is false because nobody forced them to leave me at the hospital as a newborn baby and to disappear in the years that followed. For 16 years I didn’t even receive a phone call on my birthday, but now they make contact after I have become a Serie A footballer.” (Balotelli was fostered in Italy)

– “I am a Milanista. Didn’t you know that?” (This, while playing for bitter rivals Inter)

He recently gave his first video interview to the BBC during his time in England on one condition—he would not speak to the reporter, but he would do it if City fan and Oasis singer Noel Gallagher would conduct it.

“Maybe he said those things because a defeat is hard to swallow for Manchester.

“I think there was a misunderstanding. Roberto told me that it meant that the FA would take serious measures that will prevent Balotelli to play.”
Raiola also rejected claims Balotelli is engineering a move back to Italy with his bad-boy antics.

“Was he sent off (purposely) because he wants to come to Italy? Absolutely not,” Raiola stated.

“I will not even discuss it. I do not think that a player makes these things to leave England. He would sit at a table with the club and ask for the sale if it is what he wanted, but this is not the case.

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