Roberto Mancini has finally broken his silence about Mario Balotelli’s exit from Manchester City. The Italian manager stated that Balotelli had an argument with him and that forced him to make the decision.
Balotelli has always been a controversial player and he made his debut at inter Milan under Mancini. After that, Mancini brought him to City.
Mancini revealed, “In a training session, I said to players not to make stupid tackles on Gael [Clichy] because he was just coming back from injury. And then, Mario made a strong tackle on him. I was furious.”
Mancini was seen grabbing Balotelli’s collar at the training ground. “I grabbed him by the collar wanting to push him but he is so strong physically I couldn’t move him. From seeing the pictures, you would think that we came to blows but nothing happened.”
Balotelli moved to French side Nice from Liverpool on a free transfer and has had a wonderful start to his Ligue 1 career. He has scored six goals in five matches for Nice till now. Balotelli was dropped from Italy team for Spain and Macedonia and was also not in the squad for EURO 2016.
“If Mario today doesn’t play for the Italy side, it is his fault. He is the best Italian striker of the last few years. I hope Mario understands that he has to have a different attitude and think only about football. It is not that difficult.” The Italian further added.