Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he is glad he brought Mario Balotelli to City, despite the striker’s antics causing headache after headache.
"I don't regret bringing Mario here," Mancini told reporters.
"Mario is a fantastic player.
"He's only 20 and sometimes his behaviour is not good enough. But I think he understands this could be a fantastic experience for him here in England."
Balotelli received a red card for a particularly poor tackle in the Europa League round of 16 match with Dynamo Kiev, and Mancini sighted his sending off as the reason City lost on aggregate. More recently, the Manchester City striker was involved in controversy when he reportedly threw a dart at a youth player during training.
Balotelli has since been fined a weeks wages, or £100,000. He has also lost his place in the Italian international squad.
"After he was sent off against Dynamo Kiev, I hope his behaviour will be good.
“He wants to show he can change his behaviour in the last two months because he also lost his international place for the last two games, which is not good for a player like Mario.
"I think is behaviour in the future will be good. He has assured me of that.
"He scored 10 goals in his first 15 games here and then he was unlucky with injuries. But he can become one of the best players in Europe.”
Mancini will be hoping Balotelli’s behavior improves quickly – City currently sit at fourth on the Barclays Premier League table, and are only four points ahead of fifth place Tottenham. The Manchester City manager will need all the help he can get to achieve Champions League qualification, which City’s owners have always been clear about being City’s number one aim.
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