All is not well at Eastlands, as four senior players are reported to have vented their frustration at boss Roberto Mancini regarding his treatment of striker Mario Balotelli.
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Roberto Mancini has had a blazing row with four Manchester City players who claim he is giving Mario Balotelli special treatment.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Shaun-Wright Phillips, Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge confronted their boss the day after the goalless Manchester derby, when striker Balotelli left training early, despite not having played the night before.
It is felt that Mancini, who recently accused players of laziness, does not apply his usual rules to the former Inter Milan striker, who arrived in August for £23million.
‘The lads are not happy because they are not playing as much as they’d like to be, but they work hard,’ said a source. ‘Balotelli is Mancini’s blue-eyed boy because he came from Inter.’
Adebayor was furious at having only played a few minutes as an injury-time substitute, and kicked over a tactics board after the game.
Balotelli is on a five-year contract but could be leaving next summer. He was seen dining with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani this week. ‘The likelihood is I will be at City up to June,’ he said. (Mail)
More unrest at Manchester City then, if the above story is to be believed. Emmanuel Adebayor, Shaun-Wright Phillips, Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge are understandably frustrated, with all having seen minimal first team action this season. The situation with Balotelli appears to have just added more problems.
It would seem that Roberto Mancini is not favoured by many members of the squad. Only a few weeks ago, there were a number of stories emerging about his fragile relationship with star striker, Carlos Tevez.
Being Manchester City boss was never going to be an easy task, and Mancini will have to secure a top four finish and patch up a few relationships if he is to stay in the hot seat after the end of the current season.
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