The Nerazzurri duo are not getting along...
After Wednesday's 1-0 win over Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia, coach Jose Mourinho reprimanded the striker for not adhering to his defensive responsibilities and the 19-year-old was visibly upset when he was substituted in the 68th minute.
The report suggests that this latest row between the coach and player is a symptom of a larger problem and that one of them will leave the Giuseppe Meazza at the end of the season.
Mourinho, who runs a tight ship, is obviously unimpressed with the player's attitude and with the arrival of Goran Pandev this winter, has further options up front in addition to Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o.
However, Balotelli is considered one of the best young talents in Serie A, if not the world, and has produced goals and assists when called upon this season. His future at the club will depend on if management consider the youngster to be a 'lost cause' or not.
However, president Massimo Moratti will be hopeful of holding on to both Mourinho and Balotelli, as they are both contracted to the club past the end of the current campaign.