Italy coach Prandelli warns Balotelli not to ruin Man City career

Mario Balotelli has been advised by Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli to listen to Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini or risk ruining his career, according to the Daily Mirror.

Balotelli is taking City to a tribunal in a dispute over a fine of two weeks’ wages given to the Italy international for his behaviour on the field last season, when the striker missed 11 matches through suspension. Balotelli has already appealed the punishment internally and, when that was not successful, took the club to a Premier League tribunal.

Mancini left Balotelli out of the squad to travel to Newcastle United on Saturday, saying the player would benefit more from a training session at the club’s training facility, amid speculation that Balotelli has played his last game for the Premier League champions. The Mirror claims Balotelli’s position at City is becoming untenable.

The newspaper adds that Mancini is the only senior figure at City arguing to keep Balotelli at the club, with players, staff and executives feeling the atmosphere around the team improves with the forward’s absence. But the tribunal, to be held on Wednesday, risks alienating Mancini as well.

Prandelli said: “Everything depends on Mario. Coaches can stimulate you. But everything starts with him, and it is up to him to decide what he is to become.

I think what is most important is he has continuity in his play – he needs to play games and not be out of the team. If he listens to Mancini then he can play games in Manchester, it is not a problem of city or country.

But it is a problem of Mario. It must come with his own decisions, and he must decide he wants to play football, and listen to his coaches.

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