Mario Balotelli has hinted at a possible summer exit from Manchester City, just months after joining the club in a £24m move from Inter Milan, reports Mediaset.
The striker, 20, was pictured having dinner with AC Milan owner Adriano Gallini after the weekend’s Milan derby. AC Milan won the match 1-0 thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty and Balotelli reportedly left the stadium chanting ‘Ibra, Ibra’.
“Until June I am certainly at Manchester City,” he said. “I have a five-year contract and can’t say anything.”
Balotelli’s desire to return to Italy seems odd given that he was once again the subject of racial abuse from his own fans during last night’s 1-1 draw away to Romania. BBC Sport reports that Balotelli’s every touch was greeted with boos and fans unfurled a banner saying, ‘No to a multi-ethnic national team’.
Tevez sub explained.
First-team coach David Platt has explained Roberto Mancini’s much-criticised withdrawal of Carlos Tevez in Saturday’s goalless draw with Birmingham City.
Tevez was hauled off with seven minutes remaining, the prolific Argentinian striker replaced by defensive midfielder Gareth Barry, a decision the Eastlands fans roundly booed. But Platt claims the move was a precautionary measure because of Tevez’s recent injury.
“Carlos has a dead leg,” Platt told Sky Sports. “What happens when he plays is that it loosens off but unfortunately, it comes back again.
“The last 10 or 15 minutes of any game, when you have expended as much energy as he did in midweek, become very dangerous.
“The one thing we didn’t want to happen was for Carlos to pull a muscle and be out for three or four weeks.”
Given praises Ireland yougster.
Manchester City keeper Shay Given has heaped praise on young left-back Greg Cunningham, saying the youngster has a big future in the game.
Cunningham, 19, is currently on loan at Championship club Leicester City, and has been part of the Republic Ireland setup since a first call-up in February. Given, who looks set for a run in the City first team following Joe Hart’s withdrawal from the England squad with a back injury, believes the youngster has a big future ahead of him.
“Greg didn’t look out of place when he started training with the first team at the club last season,” Given told the club’s official site. “He’s very composed on the ball, is good going forward as well as being a good defender.
“He’s a gifted left sided player – and there’s not many of them to the dozen. He’s got all the attributes to be around the Irish team for a long number of years.
“As well as that, Greg’s one of the nicest men you’ll meet in the world.”