Mancini: Balotelli must change his ways if he wants Manchester City stay

The Italian has apologized for his actions in the game at Arsenal last weekend but the 47-year-old manager needs to see proof that the striker will change his ways.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has stated that Mario Balotelli will need to change if he wants to stay at the club.

The Italian international was sent off after two bookable offenses in his last game against Arsenal and will serve a three-match ban.

The 21-year-old was lucky to not receive a hefty ban added on after his horror tackle on Alex Song, which manager Roberto Mancini believes warranted a straight red card, and though he said an apology had been made and accepted, he striker will need to change his attitude.

"We are happy but it doesn't change the situation," Mancini told reporters. "If he wants to stay he should change his mind. I spoke with Mario a lot of times about this.

"I don't think he can stay here for 10 years together with me. This is impossible."

The 47-year-old has been skeptical on Balotelli’s future in light of the Arsenal game but insists he still has quality which can be forgotten due to his attitude.  

"But if tomorrow, or in two or three years, he changes managers or squads, it is important he changes his behavior," the coach said. "He has a lot of quality but he can lose it with his attitude."

Balotelli will miss City’s trip to Norwich as he serves the second of his three match ban but will be available for selection for the Manchester derby on April 30.

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