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.”