Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will not give up on maverick striker Mario Balotelli.

The mercurial forward remains a source of recurring frustration for Mancini but the City boss still wants to coax the best out of him. Mancini was highly critical of the 21-year-old's overall display in Saturday's clash with Sunderland despite his two goals in the 3-3 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Since then there have also been unconfirmed reports of a dressing-room argument with team-mate Yaya Toure and speculation City would be willing to consider offers for him in the summer. But when asked if he was prepared to give up on the former Inter Milan youngster, Mancini said: "No."

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