Mancini urges Balotelli support

Nigel de Jong this week urged Balotelli, who has enjoyed a fractured relationship with colleagues in Manchester, not to play the fool.

“Team-mates should only play. For Mario it’s my job [to manage him] not [the players]. Because when you have a player like Mario you should always not talk bad things against him because he is your team-mate. If you say something it’s better to talk face to face – to say what you think.”