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Patrick Vieira "frustrated" by Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

Balotelli frustrates Vieira
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Manchester City's football development executive Patrick Vieira admits he gets "frustrated" with Mario Balotelli but hails his overall personality.

Manchester City's football development executive Patrick Vieira has admitted that he gets "frustrated" with striker Mario Balotelli.

The 22-year-old has made the headlines for his actions both on the pitch and off it since joining the Premier League champions in 2010.

"I love Mario, and I get frustrated with him sometimes because of the mistakes he makes," the Frenchman told Time Magazine. "But he's a lovely gentle person with a big heart.

"Sometimes I have a discussion with him, saying 'Why are you doing all these stupid things because that's not you?' And he laughs, because he knows it's the truth."

Balotelli has yet to score in the Premier League this season.

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