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Mancini warns Balotelli to deliver

December 28, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told unsettled striker Mario Balotelli that he must prove he deserves a recall to the first team after being dropped for the win at Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Amid widespread reports that homesick Balotelli wants to return to Italy, just five-months on from his £25 million switch from Internazionale, Mancini has opted to take a hard line with a player he has previously gone out of his way to accommodate.

"If Mario deserves to play he ...

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