Edin Dzeko shows Mario Balotelli how to put his bib on

Last updated : 31 March 2011 By Daily Mail

Before Manchester City's Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev, Balotelli was the butt of all jokes as the young Italian firebrand failed not once but twice in his attempts to put on a training top.

It was the beginning of a night to forget for the 20-year-old who later got himself sent off and then was involved in an alleged altercation with Kiev fans after the match.

While he'll be keen to put all of that in the past, his team-mates, namely strike partner Edin Dzeko, are refusing to let him off lightly.

Trouble ahead: Manchester City first team coach David Platt pairs Mario Balotelli up with Edin Dzeko on the bibs side in training

First team coach David Platt paired Balotelli with Dzeko on the bibs side and the training ground wind-up ensued with the Bosnia ace showing the former Inter Milan star exactly how to put a bib on.

Balotelli, who has enjoyed a mixed season since his ?24million arrival last summer, insists he is happy with life at the Barclays Premier League club despite continued reports linking him with an exit.

The Italy international has endured atroubled start to his career in England, having been sent off twice as well as suffering injury problems.

Vest friends: Dzeko has a laugh at Balotelli's expense during the training ground wind-up

City manager Roberto Mancini has grown increasingly exasperated at the former Inter Milan striker's attitude as City enter a crucial phase of the campaign.

However, Balotelli said: 'I hope the fans know that I like it here and I am really proud to write the history of this club.


'It is a great experience. All the people at Manchester City are fantastic and you can see the club growing every day.

'I try every day to repay the trust the manager and the club showed in me by signing me.

'It is quite different from Italian football but I like it. The stadiums in the Premier League are fantasticand the way the supporters experience the game is extraordinary.'


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Source: Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mail