Mancini will have to do without Balotelli for today’s trip to Norwich as the striker is suspended following his Arsenal red card. Mancini had appeared to suggest that Balotelli's City career was finished after the Italian striker was sent off in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
Balotelli has repeatedly tested Mancini’s patience with a series of increasingly bizarre incidents, including setting fire to his own bathroom by letting off fireworks and on-pitch rows with team-mates.
The pair have clashed on several occasions, but on Friday Mancini appeared to make a peace offering to Balotelli as he suggested he could still work with the former Inter Milan forward if he showed a willingness to change his ways.
“I’m happy if he wants to stay. But if he stays I think he needs to change,” Mancini said. “If he changes manager tomorrow, next year or in three years time then it’s important he changes his behaviour. He can lose all his quality if he doesn’t.”