Mario Balotelli’s future at the club has been up for speculation in recent times. There have been rumours that Manchester City are ready to offload the Italian striker during the January transfer window. Recently, Balotelli made the headlines once again as he stormed off the pitch (and headed straight for the dressing room) after being substituted during the league match against Sunderland. Although City will not take any disciplinary action against Balotelli for that incident, it is believed that the management’s patience with Mario has come to an end and that they will be looking to sell him.
Manchester City are about to begin work on a £200m training centre, that will focus primarily on training the future stars for the club. When Brian Marwood was asked whether Mario Balotelli is the right role model for the kids, the former Hull City footballer said –
“I think that it’s important to make a good example.
“I think – and we all know who we are talking about – that you will get people within the system who do not show the right values and the right behavior.
“In the main, we have a fantastic group of players here.
“I look at [Pablo] Zabaleta, I look at [Vincent] Kompany, I look at Joe Hart, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott.
“I think we have a lot of players who can behave in the right way.
“You just have to make sure that THEY are the role models.” – Marwood told the press.
Most worryingly for Balotelli, his performances on the field haven’t managed to cover for his antics off it. He is yet to score a goal in the league this season, and if his form doesn’t improve before January, his short and eventful career in England might well be over.