Mario Balotelli has said that he will not let Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini down again but has also made the bizarre assertion that fellow tearaway striker Carlos Tevez is his “role model.”
The 21 year-old Italian has revealed that he has apologized to manager Mancini and cleared the air with his countryman having been petulantly sent off during City’s recent 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates.
However, his revelation that Tevez, who went missing from City between November and February (apparently to play golf), is his new idol will perhaps worry supporters. Having scored a hat-trick in Satruday’s 6-1 thumping of Norwich; Tevez celebrated with a golf swing. He hardly endeared himself to his manager or the fans with that action I’m sure most will agree.
“I’m fortunate to be working with Mancini, one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best. After my last sending-off he feared a big ban, so he spoke in such harsh terms. But we have sorted things out. I know he believes in me,” Balotelli told the Daily Mail.
“My point of reference is Tevez. When I came here training was, for me, about having a good time. Now I’m learning from him to always give the maximum every day.”