Mancini needs Super Mario 'translator'

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Roberto Mancini has admitted that he sometimes has trouble dealing with the antics of mercurial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

The Italian international is renowned for making the front pages of the newspapers in Britain, as well as the back, with stories of unpaid parking tickets and indoor fireworks just two examples of off-field controversy for the 21-year-old last year.

And, after showing his 'why always me' t-shirt during the 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, Mancini revealed that he hopes his prodigious talent can realise his vast talent at the Etihad Stadium.

"I told him, ‘Always you, Mario, because whenever there is trouble, you are inside it’," Mancini told The Daily Mail.


"He said, ‘Mister, it is not my fault’. I said, ‘No, I suppose it is my fault’. He said, ‘No, it is not your fault but I was asleep when it happened’. He is a strange man. A good man, a kind man, but I do not understand him. It feels as if I need my own special translator, just for Mario.”

"He is an incredible player but he does not understand his strength, what he could achieve as a player. Maybe he needs more time.”

The Italian went on to compare his compatriot to Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, believing the former Inter Milan starlet can go on to become one of the world's best players.

Mancini even went on to hint at a little Paul Gascoigne in the player, admitting that such characters are usually 'the best players' too.

“Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, these are the players whose talent is up there with Mario, but they are clever, they know the career is short and it is no use waiting until you are 40 before you realise how good you were," he added.

“Mario first played when he was 16. He has, at most, 15 years as a top player and he is 21 now. He does not know how lucky he is at the moment. But he needs to arrive at that point soon.

“I remember Paul Gascoigne at Lazio. You will always find these guys in football, but usually they are the best players, too. I just hope Mario can understand how much he will improve when he becomes a man. He could be so important for me.”

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