• Balotelli is an ‘idiot’ and an ‘extraordinary boy’ – Mancini

    Balotelli is an ‘idiot’ and an ‘extraordinary boy’ – Mancini

    Roberto Mancini has described Mario Balotelli, his former protege at Inter Milan and Manchester City, as “an idiot” and “an extraordinary boy.”

    Mancini gave Balotelli his Serie A debut while Inter coach during the 2007-08 season, and then brought the talented but temperamental forward to City from the Nerazzurri for £25 million in 2010.

    Balotelli contributed significantly to City’s dramatic Premier League title win in 2011-12 during a spell in England that was also marked by a number of wild off-the-pitch stories, […]

  • Mario Balotelli’s Italy absence his own fault – Roberto Mancini

    Mario Balotelli’s Italy absence his own fault – Roberto Mancini

    Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli has only himself to blame for not being Italy’s first-choice striker, and told L’Equipe he used to simply hope the Nice forward’s “head would work well on matchdays.”

    Balotelli, 26, spent the international break watching Italy on TV after he was not called up for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Macedonia.

    Mancini gave Balotelli his Serie A debut while Inter Milan coach during the 2007-08 season, and then signed the striker at Manchester […]