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MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) – The future of Mario Balotelli with Premier League side Manchester City was again thrown into doubt after the striker reportedly had a training bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.
The pair, according to the staggering pictures that were released, were seen pushing and grabbing at each other in what looks like a furious collision on the training-ground on Thursday.
It is believed that the incident started after Balotelli made a strong challenge on his team-mate Scott Sinclair and the City boss reacted very angrily and two had to be pulled apart.
Many are backing Balotelli to leave the ground following his latest incident, but Stoke City manager Tony Pulis believes it could be what the boss is using to fire-up the forward.
“I think Mancini and Balotelli’s relationship is been like that all the while,” Pulis told SkySports News.
“And if it means that Roberto has to fire him up and get him going to get the best out of him I think Roberto will do that.”
It is being reported that Balotelli has been sent from the training ground at Carrington with Mancini saying he wants nothing to do with him at this time.
The boss was also seen yelling and point his finger towards the Italian striker, who again has hit the headlines shortly after his manager had backed him to become a more mature player and individual in the 2013.
Balotelli only just returned from illness and was expected to feature for Manchester City this weekend in the FA Cup.
He has been linked with a move back to the Serie A to play with AC Milan, but City owners, it is understood, does not want to sell the player – with reports claiming he is their favourite of all the players at the club.
Balotelli has not played since the Manchester derby with Manchester United last month.