Lee backs Balotelli sale

  • Last Updated: February 3 2013, 12:16 GMT

Former Manchester City chairman and player Francis Lee believes the club were right to sell controversial striker Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli: Left Man City on deadline day
Mario Balotelli: Left Man City on deadline day

Mario Balotelli

45. Mario Balotelli

Title Number
Appearances 12 (4)
Goals 2
Assists 1
Yellows 5
Reds 0
*Current Season

The Italy international's move to AC Milan was completed on transfer deadline day earlier this week, bringing to an end his colourful, headline-filled two-and-a-half year spell as a City player.

Asked if he felt the Blues had done the correct thing in cashing in on Balotelli, Lee told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek: "I think it is the right move.

"He is a talented player with a lot of ability. But the biggest disappointment for me was that he played at the expense of his team-mates.

"He would stop the game and do a few tricks, or do this, that and the other. You could never rely on him.

"If you have a player and he has one or two faults, you can work on them and eradicate them. But this guy has too many, I think.

"(City manager) Roberto Mancini has treated him like a father would at times, and he was always wishing and hoping that this guy was going to do it. But to be quite honest, he has done it on very few occasions."

He added: "I think the players would tell the manager as well, 'We've had enough of this guy, it is time you got shot of him.' You can only put up with so much."


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