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Report: Balotelli arrives for training after Mancini spat

It is being reported that Manchester City's Mario Balotelli has arrived for training following his altercation with manager Roberto Mancini yesterday.

Roberto Mancini points angrily at Mario Balotelli during an altercation yesterday. Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

Mancini is set to hold a pre-match news conference later this morning.

Read: Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini pictured in training ground scrap

Report: Balotelli 'refused Mancini's order' to leave the pitch

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is believed to sparked manager Roberto Mancini’s fury by ignoring his order to return to the dressing room following a challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper said Balotelli has previously been involved in clashes with Micah Richards and Jerome Boateng on the City training pitch. It added that the incident is likely to harden the club's resolve to sell the striker in the January transfer window.

The two were locked in a heated exchange of words before Mancini grabbed Balotelli and attempted to force him off the pitch. Mario Balotelli then shoved Mancini before the two men were separated by coaches. Mancini was later pictured crouching with his head in his hands.

Report: Balotelli AC Milan transfer exit is 'unlikely'

Manchester City fear they may be stuck with their errant striker Mario Balotelli, despite a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, according to The Daily Mirror.

It is true, we release Pato to Corinthians with the promise that he will be back to Milan in future, but Balotelli, as I have said on many occasions, doesn't convince me as a man.

– AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi speaking RadioRadio

The newspaper said City were hoping to sell Balotelli back to Italy, possibly to AC Milan who sold Brazilian striker Pato to world champions Corinthians.

But owner Silvio Burlusconi appeared throw a spanner in the works of any possible deal when he questioned Balotelli's character.

Savage family recreate Balotelli and Mancini bust-up

Despite playing down the news value of the Mancini-Balotelli bust-up, Robbie Savage has gone to the trouble of tweeting a photo of his children recreating the showdown at home.

"Hahaha what's all (the) fuss about it happens all the time in my house," he added.

Robbie Savage's children
Robbie Savage said his nine and six-year-old were behind the Balotelli and Mancini masks. Credit: Lockerz / @RobbieSavage8
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