Posted: Friday April 13, 2012 9:28AM ; Updated: Friday April 13, 2012 9:28AM

Mancini: Balotelli must change attitude to stay

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says troublesome striker Mario Balotelli must change his attitude to stay at the club and ensure his talent isn't wasted.

Mancini claimed Sunday that the Italy international would be sold after being sent off at Arsenal, but he has now given his compatriot a way back into the team.

Mancini says "if he wants to stay he should change his mind. I spoke with Mario a lot of times about this.''

Balotelli serves the second game of a three-match ban Saturday against Norwich. He avoided further punishment from the Football Association for a studs-up challenge on Arsenal's Alex Song in City's 1-0 loss.

Mancini says Balotelli "has a lot of quality but he can lose it with his attitude.''

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