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Roberto Mancini speaks out on Mario Balotelli after he punched teammate on bench

Mario Balotelli showed so much promise when he burst onto the scene in 2013 and helped Man City win a first Premier League title but his career has snowballed since then

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Roberto Mancini has spoken out about Mario Balotelli’s fall from grace, labeling the way in which his career has spiralled “disappointing”.

Balotelli burst onto the scene back in 2010 at Manchester City after impressing at Inter Milan.

The Italian was the breath of fresh air that the Citizens needed, and despite being a little rough around the edges, Balotelli was a leading part of the first Man City team to win the Premier League title in 2011.

But from 2013 onwards Balotelli’s career started to decline.

A move to AC Milan was followed by a disappointing spell at Liverpool before he returned to Italy for a second stint at the San Siro.



Mario Balotelli appeared to punch his Adana Demirspor teammate




Balotelli then moved to France where he had spells with Nice and Marseille before returning to Italy with Brescia and then heading to Seria B outfit Monza.

The 31-year-old completed a free transfer to Turkish side Adana Demispor this summer amid much fanfare.

Balotelli put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the newly-promoted Super Lig club but was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Demirspor were drawing 0-0 with Konyaspor when Balotelli’s number was called on 56 minutes, and the striker reacted badly to being replaced.









After chucking his shinpads on the ground he shouted at his coach before taking his anger out on one of his teammates and throwing a punch at him.

Fortunately, Balotelli’s teammate shrugged off the incident.

Mancini knows Balotelli well from their time together at both Inter Milan and Man City as well as with the Italian national team.

Mancini is arguably the coach who got the most from the forward and admits he’s saddened to see how his career snowballed.



Former Man City boss Roberto Mancini knows Balotelli well
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As quoted in Sport Italia, Mancini said: “I worked with Balotelli when he was young and did really well. He was and still is in terms of technique a great player.

“Let’s not forget he is 31 years old, so ought to be at his peak.

“Clearly, it was disappointing for all of us who knew him as a person and a player that in the last five or six years he was unable to do what he was capable of doing.”




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