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Mancini: Balotelli needs time to change

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Roberto Mancini wants to see the Mario Balotelli of Euro 2012 back at Manchester City - but is not yet convinced the striker is a changed character.

Balotelli has created as many headlines off the field as on it during his two seasons at the Etihad Stadium and shown his undoubted talents only fitfully.

But the 22-year-old proved what he can really do with a starring role in Italy's run to the European Championship final, capped by a superb two-goal display against Germany in the last four.

City boss Mancini was impressed but knows it is difficult to replicate the intensity of a short tournament over a nine-month season.

Mancini said: "Probably this championship can help him to improve but I don't think he can change in one month.

"But Mario is an important player here. I think he can do his job here better but I am sure that he will do."

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