Disloyalty is evidently not a word in Roberto Mancini’s dictionary, as the Manchester City boss has vowed to change volatile Mario Balotelli if it takes ‘100 chances’.
The Italian duo share an unpredictable relationship, one that flirts with both genius and dismal characteristics.
And following their ‘nothing special’ training ground bust up yesterday, Mancini is adamant that he will never give up on Super Mario and claims his patience has definitely not run out.
No, I don’t change my thoughts for this,” said the former Inter Milan boss.
“I will give him another 100 chances if possible, if I think he can change. I am here for this.
“Sometimes I am upset with him because he doesn’t everything for this, but I give him another chance, sure.
“He is 22 and makes mistakes.”
Pictures showed Mancini grappling Balotelli by the shirt and yelling at him – it transpired that the young striker had lunged in on Scott Sinclair before being booted off pitch by his manager.
And when asked if Balotelli, who is rumoured to be exiting the club this January transfer window, would be punished for his actions, Mancini said: “No, no. This doesn’t change my thoughts. This is something that can happen.
“Usually it is between two players. It is different because I wanted him to leave the pitch after what he did.”
Balotelli has struggled with several injuries and illness this season and has grabbed himself just one league goal.
But with Mancini refusing to bring in players this month, in favour of getting the best out of his multimillion pound squad, Balotelli could utilise the opportunity of team rotation and faithful nature of his manager to finally kick his season into gear.
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