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.”

Silva on contract extension

It has been written in newspapers that he could switch with Gonzalo Higuain, that he could join Real Madrid this summer, here is what he said on his contract extension:

“I know City want to speak to my agents at the end of the season for a new contract, but I am relaxed. I have two years still left and I am happy here. I have progressed as a player since leaving Valencia and I am fighting to win titles. That was my aim when I left La Liga.”

“I am not performing as well as I was in the first part of the season, but that’s normal. It’s very difficult to stay at the same level for so long, but I am ready to help the team in the battles that lie ahead.”

Rumours that Mancini could be fired if he doesn’t win Premiership: “Mancini under pressure? What about the players? City demand the maximum and up until now we haven’t won anything this year. Not being champions would be a great disappointment after having it so close, but we are going to fight until the end.”

About Tevez: “Tevez is a great player and nobody doubts that. I will not get into his conflict with the manager, but from a sporting point of view he is a footballer who brings so much on the field of play.”

About Balotelli: “Mario is Mario. He is capable of turning a game with one piece of genius and then losing his nerve, but that’s him. For me he is a footballer I prefer to have on my team than on the other team because he is capable of breaking down the opposition at any moment.”

Mancini: I would punch Balotelli

“I can understand it. I told him, ‘If you played with me, 10 years ago, I give to you every day one punch in your head!'”

“I think in every big game he played very well. I think his problem is his concentration but I work with him every day.”

“I speak with him – not every day because if not I need a psychologist – but every two days I speak with him. He doesn’t lose his quality.”

“Mario, as a player, can be one of the top in Europe. I don’t want him to lose his talent.”

“I can understand if the other players get annoyed with Mario. I spoke with the players when Mario arrived two years ago and told them, ‘Mario is a young player, he has a fantastic talent but he is young and he can make mistakes sometimes.'”

“It’s not true I treat him differently – I left Mario on the bench for five or six games at the start of the season because his behaviour wasn’t good.”

“He has also paid a lot of money in fines for his behaviour. He has paid heavily for his mistakes.”

“The other players should concentrate only on playing. It’s my job to manage him, not theirs. When you have a player like Mario, you should not say bad things about him because he is your team-mate.”

“It’s better to say what you think face-to-face. I want to help him, but I also get disappointed with him.”