Even with his current performance not matching expectations and disciplinary problems following him around, Mario Balotelli is in Manchester City to stay.
This is according to the club’s head Coach Roberto Mancini, who says that the forward is a major asset to the club.
“We need to consider that Mario was made as a major investment, and this is not a club that throws its capital through the window,” Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Mancini also said that he has a great personal relationship, but noted their professional relationship needs to be worked on.
“The relationship between me and him is always good, even if one day he does something.
“I love him because for many years we live together. I've seen him grow. But the professional relationship is another thing and I've told Mario what I need from him.
Change is needed
“The time of cheap talk is over. Balotelli is 22-years-old and now it's time to be professional. I ask from him seriousness and commitment in training, a more stable private life and correct behaviour on the pitch.”
Balotelli has only netted one goal in the current season, a far-cry from the 13 he scored in 23 played matches played last season, reports futaa.com.