Etihad Stadium striker warned about disciplinary issues, both on and off the field.
Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli needs “professional help” over disciplinary issues, according to a leading official from the world union for footballers.
The striker was sent off in the defeat by Arsenal last weekend, his fourth red card in two seasons.
Theo van Seggelen, general secretary of FIFPro, said: “I think professional help’s the only solution.”
City boss Roberto Mancini said of the 21-year-old: “If he wants to stay he should change his [mindset].”
Balotelli has apologised for his latest dismissal and stated his commitment to City.
Mancini, who intimated that the forward would “probably” be sold in the summer, added: “We are happy but it doesn’t change the situation.
“I don’t think he can stay here for 10 years together with me. This is impossible.
“But if tomorrow, or in two or three years, he changes managers or squads it is important he changes his behaviour.
“He has a lot of quality but he can lose it with his attitude.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Can’t really argue with this assessment but one wonders if such a statement is even worth making. It’s clear to see that the young Italian has a great deal of talent but is also seemingly unable to stop himself becoming embroiled in a myriad of tabloid worthy situations as well as repeatedly committing mindless offences on the field of play.
Roberto Mancini has attempted to rein in the dark side of Balotelli’s temperament and appears to have lost faith in the former Inter Milan man and one wonders whether he may offloaded in the summer.