City’s Mario Balotelli – ‘I Don’t Like Manchester’

By Steven Oldham, Chief Sports Correspondent

Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli has followed want away team-mate Carlos Tevez in criticising the city following an impressive display in the 3-0 pre-season victory over Inter Milan.

Speaking to Italian television, he said: “I am not happy in Manchester.  I do not like the city.”

The outspoken 20-year-old was quick to say it was not his manager or team-mates that were the problem – simply “the city is not to my tastes.”

However, despite not bad-mouthing the club, City fans are unlikely to take his comments kindly.

There are many similarities with the Tevez situation, who is due to return to training this week after Corinthians’ £40m bid fell through.

Balotelli also said: “I miss the chance to be at home with my family and with my friends.”

Tevez similarly has suffered from homesickness and wants to return to South America to be closer to his family.

Balotelli has been hitting the headlines regularly since his move from Inter last year, with boss Roberto Mancini hauling him off last week in a friendly against LA Galaxy for failing to take the game seriously – a performance capped with an audacious attempted back heel, which led to an infuriated Mancini replacing him with James Milner. 

His comments threaten to overshadow an excellent performance from himself and City as they brushed aside the three time European Champions at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Balotelli grabbed a goal with Edin Dzeko and substitute Adam Johnson also on the score sheet.

New signing Sergio Aguero looked on from the side-lines as Spaniard David Silva took the man of the match award after cutting Inter open several times from the right and was a constant threat before being replaced by Gareth Barry with ten minutes to play.

Earlier this year, Tevez said: “There’s nothing to do in Manchester.  There’s two restaurants and everything’s small.”

Mancini now faces the problem of two of his most gifted players being in the media not for their skills on the pitch but their comments off it.  Other clubs would crumble under such circumstances, but, luckily for City they have enough strength in depth to withstand such dramas.

They head into Sunday’s Community Shield derby clash with Manchester United on an unbeaten preseason run which has taken them on a tour of the USA.

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Not so ‘super’ Mario Balotelli fails to impress Man City boss Roberto Mancini with showboating in pre-season friendly

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