Sunday, 23rd September, 2012
Roberto Mancini has advised Mario Balotelli to stop smoking, though admitted he does not feel strongly about the issue.
Balotelli has been criticised for his smoking habit and there was speculation last week that Mancini had fallen out with the Italian striker.
And though the former Inter boss would like his striker to get in line, giving up smoking too, he is not overly concerned.
"My patience for him is endless", Mancini was quoted as saying by the BBC.
"I haven’t told him to stop. I don’t smoke. I don’t like to smoke. If he wants to smoke, that is his problem. It is his life.
"If he wants my opinion, it is better than he finishes.
"But if he smokes 10 cigarettes a day and scores two goals in every game, it is better."
Balotelli could have a key role to play for the Citizens later today, when they take on Arsenal in what is a key Premier League clash.