Mario Balotelli Is Finished At City, Unless He Isn’t

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Yesterday, Manchester City’s title challenge went up in smoke as the richest club in the world lost 1-0 to Arsenal. Near the end of the match, Mario Balotelli, the most interesting man in the Premier League, saw red for the third time this season, and could miss seven games, and thus the rest of the season, with suspension. It means his time in Manchester could be over. Unless it isn’t.

After Mario picked up his second yellow of the match (and frankly, should have been sent off sooner when he nearly broke Alex Song’s leg), Roberto Mancini, frustrated with the collapse of team’s title campaign after topping the table for much of the season, said he expects Mario might leave in the summer.

When asked if City plan to sell Balotelli at the end of the season, Mancini told reporters: “Probably”.

The Citizens boss admitted after seeing the striker red carded in their loss to the Gunners that the 21 year old is in danger of losing his potential is keeps up his poor attitude on the pitch.

“I always defend him because Mario is a good guy,” Mancini said, “but if he’ll not change in the future he can lose all his talent. If he doesn’t understand this after two years I can do nothing. I hope for him that he can improve and understand that he can’t continue to play like this. For his future and his talent, I’m very sorry for him.”

So it looks like Mario’s days in light blue are numbered, right? Well, not if you’re Mario’s agent, Mino Raiola.

“In England, only tabloids write about Balotelli and I use them to clean my car,” Raiola told Sky Italia. “People expect always a lot from Mario so everything he does is amplified. Mario wants to do well for Mancini, who is a big friend of Balotelli. Mancini says Balotelli will be sold this summer? I don’t think so. I will talk to the club and Mancini.”

“I spoke with Balotelli and he was very sorry for what happened today. I didn’t see the incident but like Mancini said, things can happen. I don’t want to discuss the chance that Balotelli can leave the Premier League. If Mario wanted to leave he didn’t need to do it like this but simply to ask the club.”

For the sake of bloggers everywhere, may we request that Mario stays in England or moves to another English-speaking country? Preferably the U.S.? MLS can pull some strings to allow LA a fourth DP, right?

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