Mancini on Balotelli

On question if the club plan to sell Mario at the end of the season, Roberto said: “Probably but I don’t know, it depends because Balotelli is a fantastic player.  We want 11 players but with Mario on the pitch every time we play we risk him being sent off. We have six games and he will not play in the next six games.”

“I love him like a guy, I love him like a player, I know him, he’s not a bad guy, he’s a fantastic player but in this moment I am very sorry for him because he continues to lose his talent and his quality.”

“I hope he understands that he is in a bad way for his future and he can change. If Mario continues like this I probably agree but I hope always that he can change his behaviour.”

“Mario is young, he is 22 and I understand that when you are young you can make some mistakes. There are a lot of people who make mistakes. I hope for him, not for me, that he can change.”

“It’s clear he created a big problem but he has scored a lot of important goals. Mario is Mario when he does a mistake because he is young and doesn’t understand but it’s also Mario when he scores two goals when we won 6-1 (against Manchester UTD). It’s Mario when he scores a penalty in the last second against Tottenham.”