See a shrink, Mario! City boss Mancini wants Balotelli to quit smoking habit
06:48 GMT, 5 September 2012
Mario Balotelli’s five-a-day smoking habit is concerning Manchester City enough for manager Roberto Mancini to have reputedly asked his Italian striker to undergo hypnosis or counselling.
City believe his habit has not helped Balotelli’s eye problem for which he is undergoing minor surgery during the international break.
Mancini, who made an unsuccessful plea for Balotelli to quit smoking last season, thought the player had at least cut down his cigarette reliance.
Smoking: Mario Balotelli was spotted last week
So he was not pleased to see pictures of Balotelli smoking in the early hours last week after leaving a Manchester nightclub when he was due to be resting ahead of his eye operation in Italy. This followed photographs in July of the striker smoking a shisha pipe on holiday.
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