Mario Balotelli defends Mancini from the axe

Former Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli believes the club would be making a major mistake if they sack manager Roberto Mancini.

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Balotelli signed for AC Milan in January after a series of high profile bust ups with the Italian. However, he is now proving an unlikely defender of his former boss. Having stressed his affection for Mancini on multiple occasions since departing, the 22-year-old has defended his compatriot:

“There is nobody better for City,” he is quoted as saying in the Sun. “Most importantly, the players like him. If you asked who they want next season, every single player would say Roberto. He’s not just their coach but also their friend.”

Balotelli pointed to the fact Mancini ended City’s 35-year trophy drought with the 2011 FA Cup, and then steered the team to the league title last season:

“Look at the success Roberto has had – the FA Cup and a first championship in over 40 years,” he said. “Even Alex Ferguson does not win a trophy every year, but he always comes back.”

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