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Mario Balotelli's Manchester City future is in doubt after he was photographed in a training-ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli is perhaps the biggest threat to England on Sunday. But as a Man City player he's familiar to the England team
Roberto Mancini says the photographs of him and Mario Balotelli are worse than the incident actually was.
It is being reported that Manchester City's Mario Balotelli has arrived for training following his altercation with manager Roberto Mancini yesterday.
Mancini is set to hold a pre-match news conference later this morning.
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.
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.
– AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi speaking RadioRadio
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.
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.
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.
Former Premier League footballer Robbie Savage has played down today's bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli during training:
So a manager grabs his player by the bib, big deal !!!
I've seen numerous fights on the training ground , managers grabbing players around the throat on one occasion , happens all the time !
Roberto Mancini tried in vain to throw Mario Balotelli to the floor during today's brawl and had to be held back by coaches once the two were separated, an apparent witness to the Manchester City training ground fight has said.
The onlooker told the Manchester Evening News: "It looked like Mario was too strong and he couldn't get him down. Then all the coaches ran in to separate them but Mancini was having none of it. He kept trying to break free and have a go at him again."
The witness said Balotelli immediately went to the dressing room at Carrington and left in his "camouflaged" Bentley within 10 minutes.
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has tweeted that he finds Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini's training ground bust-up "hilarious".
The scrap is thought to have happened when Mancini stepped in after Balotelli went in strongly in a tackle on team-mate Scott Sinclair.
Balotelli is reported to have taken exception to Mancini's intervention, leading to the pair having to be pulled apart.
In a sequence of pictures, Mancini is seen striding towards Balotelli, pointing in an aggressive manner.
He is then seen to grab hold of Balotelli's orange bib in an apparent act of fury before the young striker is dragged away by a member of City's coaching staff.
A short time later, Balotelli is believed to have left the training ground at Carrington, on the outskirts of Manchester.