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Mancini for Balotelli departure

London: Roberto Mancini is ready to sanction the sale of Mario Balotelli after the Manchester City manager privately accepted defeat in his persistent attempts to change the controversial Italy striker’s errant ways.

Although Mancini said publicly Friday that he retained faith in Balotelli and did not want to sell the player in the wake of their training ground fight, the City manager is believed to have finally sided with colleagues who have wanted to offload the 22-year-old for some time.

Mancini had made it something of a personal mission to try to improve Balotelli’s behaviour in the belief that his fellow-Italian has the talent to become one of the best players in the world.

But Thursday’s bust-up appears to have proven the final straw and the manager will reluctantly instruct the club to sell the forward at the earliest opportunity.