The Italian striker crops up across the back pages, and even on some of the front pages.
The Times lead with quotes that Balotelli’s manager at Manchester City Roberto Mancini would have found it exasperating to be the striker’s team-mate.
“If you played with me 10 years ago,” Mancini said he told his young charge, “I give to you every day maybe one punch in your head!” He added: “But no I understand this, his team-mates’ [frustrations].”
Those frustrations came to a head in the extraordinary 3-3 draw last weekend at home to Sunderland, during which Balotelli scored twice for City but also sparked an argument with his team-mate Aleksandar Kolarov over who was to take a free kick and eventually had to be led away by his captain Vincent Kompany.
Mancini seems keen to keep the 21-year-old at the club, but if Balotelli wants to move on,
The striker joined City from Inter back in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £26m, but now that Andrea Stramaccioni has been promoted from youth team coach, where he once worked with Balotelli, to manager, interest could be rekindled.
Balotelli and Stramaccioni have already met since he took the job – as the striker infamously gatecrashed his first press conference in charge.
But with lurid revelations appearing on the front pages about Balotelli’s personal life, there appears to be little let-up in the Mario story.
Elsewhere on the back pages, the Daily Mail reports that the FA are finally ready to move for a new England manager and will start making formal approaches within the next two weeks.
Whoever gets the job, they cannot expect to be offered previous incumbent Fabio Capello’s £6m wages.
In transfer news, there’s a few Good Friday titbits with the end of the season drawing closer.
The Sun suggest that in-form
Bendtner is quoted as saying he is happy in footballing terms up north, but missing London life. The Dane is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Arsenal, but could leave the Emirates for as little as £4m in the summer.
One man who wants to make a loan move permanent is
Moving from Blackburn to Old Trafford is a well-established career path, but Rovers boss Steve Kean has told Sir Alex to cast any thoughts of signing the young Scot aside.
Kean said: “I hope Fergie’s not going to be putting a bid in. I said that to him.
“I told him leave it a bit longer because Grant is only just starting with us.”