Mario Balotelli, Manchester City’s mercurial forward, has followed the lead of Belgian international defender Vincent Kompany, by saying that the FA Cup holders will thrive this season whether or not Carlos Tevez remains.
Club-captain Tevez future remains very much up-in-the-air at the moment, moreso following the wantaway forwards move to Brazilian club Corinthians having fallen through and the Brazilian transfer deadline having now passed.
However Balotelli, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium – back when it was still he City of Manchester – last summer in a £24m move from Internazionale, says it does not matter what the future holds for Tevez in correlation with City, as the club will thrive with or without the Argentine.
“It does not matter if Carlos is here or not,” Balotelli told ESPN.
“If Carlos is here it’s good, while if he goes away I’m sure someone else will arrive. Carlos is a great player, so I hope he’s going to stay.
“But I’ve seen great players leave clubs before. It happened at Internazionale. This is football. We have a good team here. If a player wants to leave it’s his decision but we’ll still be a good team.”
City are believed to be in negotiations with Atletico Madrid over the transfer of Sergio Aguero – the highly-rated forward who outshone Tevez at the Copa America this month, even taking Tevez place in Sergio Batista’s starting XI after the first two group matches – in a deal that has City supporters licking their lips.
And Balotelli, the uber-confident Italian international, is also looking forward to showing City fans his true worth in the upcoming campaign, after a debut season where he bagged 10 goals, picked up 11 yellow cards (and two reds) and rates as “so-so”.
“I hope there will be a lot of goals to come from me this season,” added Balotelli.
“I thought my first season was so-so. I know I can score a lot more. I will show City fans this season what I can do.”