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It may be time for Balotelli to pack his bags

Clyde Best

Manchester City are in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons again. And it is the same two Italians involved, manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli.

They have a long-standing feud, starting from their time in Italy, and it really will be difficult to resolve because as a coach you can’t have your player physically fighting with you and getting away with it.

That’s apparently what happened this week in training.

I’ll be very surprised if they make up this time. There are only so many times you can forgive and forget and I’m sure Balotelli has been offered help to deal with whatever issues he has in his personal life.

You have to suffer the consequences and in his case it has become all too common. No one is bigger than the club so this may be his last hurrah.

Whatever happens, I don’t think it will affect the other players at the club because they are professionals and they know they have a job to do.

City travel to London to take on Arsenal in their next league fixture so it should be interesting to see how they get on. They need a win and can’t afford to fall any further back in the title race.

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The other major talking point this week was AC Milan walking off the field in a charity match against Pro Patria after some of their players were racially abused by fans.

FIFA have said they will continue to fight against racial abuse and more clubs should be doing the same thing.

There is no place in the game for this stuff.

Clarence Seedorf came out and said walking off the field gave an edge to the abusers, which I understand.

But one thing you can’t do is allow them to continue this kind of behaviour. In my opinion, walking off was the right decision.

It has been going on for so long, it needs to come to a stop immediately.

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Daniel Sturridge going to Liverpool could be an interesting development because the boy has talent and the club will give him more playing time and that should suit him as he can score goals and is somewhat of a proven commodity in England.

He just needs the opportunity to show what he can do and if given the chance this move may work out for him.

Demba Ba’s move to Chelsea is somewhat of a different situation because he won’t be the main target going forward as he was with Newcastle United.

With the Geordies he was the focal point of the attack but with the Brazilians and Spaniards at Stamford Bridge he may not always command a place in the starting eleven.

What will certainly be interesting will be the reaction of Fernando Torres. He has a rival striker and one of them may have to spend some time on the bench.

They are both good players but can they play together? We’ll have to wait and see how Rafa Benitez works it all out.

John Terry came out this week and said the club should retire Frank Lampard’s jersey when he leaves the club and it would be a fitting tribute.

Lampard has been a tremendous player for Chelsea but there are different ways to honour him.

Different coaches like to have specific squad jersey numbers on certain players on the pitch, so to have to retire a number and then want to have traditional numbers on the field for your team is tough.

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Published January 05, 2013 at 10:20 am (Updated January 05, 2013 at 10:20 am)

It may be time for Balotelli to pack his bags

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