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Italian manager wants Balotelli back at home

Mario Balotelli is one of our favourite topics of conversation in the Football Transfer Tavern, and Jamie Jackson of The Guardian has some information on his future at Manchester City.

Balotelli has been under even more scrutiny than usual in the past couple of weeks, with rumours rife he is set to walk out of Manchester City after becoming involved in a dispute over a club fine.

His national team coach Cesare Prandelli has had his say on the matter, stating he thinks it would be better for Mario to return home.

Mancini is keen to hold on to the 22-year-old, despite his decision to take the club to a Premier League tribunal over the matter.

Prandelli has said: “Mancini is absolutely right, Balotelli must listen to him, I agree with him. Everything depends on Mario, however. Coaches can try to stimulate and negotiate with you but everything must start from him. Returning to Italy could help him. It’s important for him to have continuity; the city or the country is not the problem.”

Balotelli is thought to want to stay beyond the winter transfer window, although a big money offer from one of the Italian clubs could tempt Manchester City into cashing in.

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