Oh how City fans laughed when we had the guts to suggest Mario Balotelli might be unhappy in England! Well, we were probably right.
Seems the Guardian, in a rather wordy piece have revealed details of Super-Mario’s problems settling in in the Premier League.
Despite signing a 5-year contract in the summer, Balotelli is struggling to get used to life in Manchester and is apparently regarded as a loner by some of his team-mates.
The striker missed the Man City Christmas party adding to speculation regarding the Italian’s ability to bond with his team-mates. A training ground bust-up with fellow team-mate Jerome Boateng 4 weeks ago had spawned a plethora of rumours regarding Balotelli’s happiness and once again questioned the Italian youngster’s discipline.
The 20-year-old striker has had a history of bust-ups with team-mates and his behaviour has often been cited as the main reason as to why he was allowed to leave Inter Milan. Roberto Mancini had been tipped to curb Balotelli’s behaviour as Super-Mario would be reunited with the manager that had originally brought him to the San Siro as a youngster, but it would seem that the Italian manager may be failing in his attempts.
Balotelli has scored 5 times for City this season, but has also achieved as many yellow cards plus one red. It has been said that on the field, despite his goals, he seems to lack hunger and becomes easily frustrated, often getting him into trouble with referees.
AC Milan is tipped to be Balotelli’s most likely destination should any transfer happen. Super-Mario is a lifelong Milan fan but it is unlikely that City would be willing to sell until the summer, giving enough time for the striker to adjust to his new life in the U.K.
Balotelli moved to Eastlands for £25million in the summer and given the length of time left on his contract, a bid of at least £20million would be needed to prize the talented youngster away from Manchester.
The writing is on the wall.
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I will say though – I certainly enjoyed the Guardian’s little joke at City fans (well I hope it was intentional).