Mario rates Mancini over Jose
Striker feels City boss brings the best out of him
Last Updated: January 10, 2012 6:49pm
Mario Balotelli: Feels City boss Roberto Mancini brings the best out of him
Mario Balotelli believes Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is a better manager than Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho.
Both men have been major influences on the 21-year-old's career, Mancini first at Inter Milan, now at Manchester City, and Mourinho during the spell in between.
Although Balotelli's quirky character has made for tempestuous relationships with the pair of managerial heavyweights, the 21-year-old is happy with the manner they have pushed him forward.
However, pushed to choose between them, the striker opts for Mancini, who treats Balotelli with kid gloves at times, whilst at others condemning him in the fiercest manner possible.
"Mourinho? Among the best," he told Italian magazine L'Uomo Vogue. "On a personal level I would say Mancini and then Mourinho.
"A coach has to bring 100% out of a player and Mancini is brilliant at doing just that."
Balotelli has already played down suggestions he wants to move back to Italy, stressing his commitment to City.
However, clearly issues exist, not least the way his mannerisms are picked apart, leaving him in the position of being attacked no matter how he behaves.
Not that Balotelli feels the Italian media are any better than their English counterparts - in fact, he believes they are worse.
"I am 21 years old and have spent almost two years away from home," he said. "I have adapted quite well, despite the huge cultural differences.
"But I have no real friends here. If I had to move, right now, I would choose Italy.
"If I buy a Fiat Uno, I read that a guy like me would be more suited to a Ferrari. If I buy the Ferrari, I read that I should have been more down to earth and bought the Uno.
"If I laugh, I'm not serious; if I don't laugh, I'm a sulky rich guy who doesn't enjoy doing the best job in the world.
"Here in England the tabloid press writes about absolutely everything, and always exaggerates.
"But the thing that gives me most trouble is that in Italy the tabloids talk rubbish without a shred of truth to it. So many Italians take everything at face value."