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The favourite for the England hotseat believes that the Italian's off-field antics present dilemmas for City boss Roberto Mancini and is glad that his own striker is well-behaved

Harry Redknapp believes that Roberto Mancini faces problems in trying to tame Mario Balotelli and his off-field behaviour but feels that his own striker Emmanuel Adebayor is reforming himself after his bad-boy ways.

The Togolese forward was said by some to be a disruptive influence during his periods at Arsenal and Manchester City but he has knuckled down to score 13 goals to aid Spurs in their push for the Champions League places.

It was well-documented that Adebayor was often a disruptive influence in the dressing room during his time at rivals Arsenal and at City, but he has changed his ways this season to score 13 goals and aid Spurs in their Champions League push.

Redknapp, however, argued that Balotelli, subject of several infamous controversies since moving to England, is actively hampering City's chances, telling The Daily Mirror: "Balotelli is not my problem, but he is a problem.

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"He doesn't seem to want to behave too well, does he? It's a real problem - he has bags of talent, but I suppose when you sign him you know what you're getting because Jose Mourinho had him [at Inter] and he bombed him."

Adebayor, in contrast, has changed his ways, insists Redknapp, and has integrated into a determined, professional squad mindset at White Hart Lane.

"He has done ever so well for us. He has not been a minute's problem," the Spurs boss declared.

"If you've got one or two bad apples they can just ruin everything for you.

"I think that's where we were lucky again this year. We changed things around and the people I brought in made a big difference to the club.

"Scott Parker, Brad Friedel, Ryan Nelsen. They're all fantastic professionals. You aren't looking around thinking: 'Billy Big-Head - what's he doing today? Where's he been? What's he up to?'

"There is no-one like that here. They are good lads. That's been the difference. They have been key signings for us. We changed things around a bit and Manu [Adebayor] has come in and done the same."

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