Balotelli missed 11 games last season due to suspension, causing City to fine him.
However, the Italian is now dragging the club to a Premier League tribunal, underlining the deterioration in the relationship between the two parties, meaning he is more likely than ever to leave the club.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.