Balotelli prepared to become much more boring
Mario Balotelli is clearly worried about his future in Manchester (or his mega-bucks pay packet), releasing a statement that, to all intents and purposes, reads like a promise to become much more boring and sensible.
April 10th, 2012
The entertaining City striker is once again sat on Mancini’s naughty step this week after his red card at Arsenal, as City handed the Premier League title to Manchester United.
Mancini suggested on Sunday that the dart flinging, firework setting striker’s days at Eastlands might be numbered, prompting the 21-year-old to issue an “I’ll be good” statement to the Italian press.
“At the end of the season I will speak with the club and we’ll see,” Balotelli said in a statement provided by his agent to Italian news agency Ansa.
“I’m very sorry for what happened and for the disappointment caused to City.”
Balotelli added that his apologies were directed “especially to Roberto Mancini, who I admire and wish well”.
The statement also comes in the light of a new ‘code of conduct’ introduced by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli, which essentially makes player’s accountable for any misdemeanours whilst playing for their clubs. Balotelli has himself already fallen foul of this particular code of conduct, having been left out of the Italian squad back in January after a tackle on Scott Parker.
But Balotelli said of his actions against Arsenal: “I didn’t break the code of ethics. I already missed out on the national team for foolishness and I wouldn’t do it a second time.
“I hope to be there at the [pre-Euro 2012] training camp in April. Let’s wait for the final verdict of the ban.”