Roberto Mancini: 'Mario Balotelli needs to change behaviour'

Mancini urges Balotelli to
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Roberto Mancini says that Mario Balotelli will stay with Manchester City but insists that the striker must improve his behaviour

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he is willing to keep Mario Balotelli as part of his team but has highlighted the importance of a change in the striker's behaviour.

The former Inter Milan star has been involved in a number of incidents on and off the pitch, the latest being a red card offence as well as a dangerous tackle on Alex Song during City's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Reports have suggested that the 21-year-old could be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium in the summer but Mancini has vowed to stand by the frontman.

"If he wants to stay, he can stay - but he needs to change in his mind," Mancini said. "I don't change him. I spoke with Mario a lot of times about this. Ten years here with me might be impossible, but he can stay here two years, three years, more if he changes his behaviour. It is important."

Meanwhile, Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson would never sign Balotelli.

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