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The controversial Italian has seen his off-field actions catch up with him once again as his agent confirms a previous dalliance with the woman once connected to the England man

By James Goldman

Manchester City’s flagging bid for the Premier League title has been further undermined by their maverick striker Mario Balotelli who on Wednesday admitted to bedding the same escort who had an affair with Wayne Rooney.

Balotelli, who was chided by his manager, Roberto Mancini, following an on-field bust-up with team-mate Aleksandar Kolarov during last weekend’s damaging 3-3 draw against Sunderland, revealed that he had a “brief involvement” with prostitute Jenny Thompson but withheld the details of when the relationship took place and for how long it lasted.

The forward’s agent, Mino Raiola, conceded that his client, who is currently dating Italian model Raffaella Fico, was a “young and impulsive football player who has been targeted by a number of women looking to make money from him”.

He added: “We therefore wish to confirm that Mario has had a brief involvement with Miss Jennifer Thompson.

“Mario prefers to admit what has happened, has refused any means on offer to try to keep the matter silent and will deal with any consequences his actions bring in the way of public attention.

“However, he prefers to deal with his personal life in private and had told those close to him about this situation prior to any suggestion of this matter becoming public.”

Thompson, who is being represented by renowned PR guru Max Clifford, was infamously linked with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney prior to England’s shambolic 2010 World Cup campaign.

Balotelli’s latest off-field indiscretion will come as a further blow to the authority of Mancini, who has seen his side slip five points off the pace in the race for their first top-flight title in 44 years.