Balotelli in fresh spat with City coach after refusing to change lifestyle

Sep 20, 2012, 18:46 IST | Agencies

According to reports, 'bad boy' Mario Balotelli was left out of the Manchester City squad for the losing Champions League affair against Real Madrid after clashing with coach Roberto Mancini over his party lifestyle and smoking habit.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli's relationship with boss Roberto Mancini is once again under stress after the Italian striker refused to quit smoking and went partying late night following their draw at Stoke City last weekend, according to a source.

Balotelli was a shock exclusion from Mancini''s squad for the 3-2 defeat at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

The controversial striker traveled to Spain with the rest of the squad but didn''t even make the bench.

Mario Balotelli, Roberto Mancini
Manchester City's Italian manager Roberto Mancini (R) arrives with Manchester City's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (L). Pic/AFP

According to the Daily Star, Mancini dropped Balotelli for disciplinary reasons.

The pair clashed before the Blues jetted off to Madrid and Mancini told him he wouldn''t be involved but still insisted on him going to the Spanish capital.

A club source said: "Mario Balotelli is in the bad books on two fronts - a very late night out after the Stoke game and his refusal to stop smoking. He and Mancini had words on Monday afternoon and it led to him being dropped from the squad."

It is the latest in a long line of fall-outs between the feuding Italians since Balotelli arrived at the Etihad from Inter Milan in a 24 million pound deal in 2010.

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