What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 4 2013, 6:32 GMT

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roberto Mancini's relationship with Mario Balotelli is at breaking point after the Manchester City manager was pictured grappling with the Italian forward following a wild lunge at team-mate Scott Sinclair during training yesterday. Also: Demba Ba has completed his £7million move to Chelsea after an extraordinary row involving his representatives was finally resolved last night.

The incident that is dominating the back pages
The incident that is dominating the back pages

DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini's fractious relationship with bad boy Mario Balotelli has reached breaking point after their astonishing bust-up on the training ground yesterday. Also: Vincent Kompany and Rio Ferdinand last night led the support for AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who yesterday walked off the field in protest at racist abuse during a friendly in Italy.

THE SUN: Roberto Mancini gave a first sign he is feeling the heat after sparking an amazing bust-up with Mario Balotelli. Also: Harry Redknapp has been sensationally offered Dutch star Wesley Sneijder to boost QPR's relegation scrap.

DAILY MIRROR: Mario Balotelli's Manchester City career has reached breaking point after an amazing training ground bust-up with Roberto Mancini. Also: Rio Ferdinand last night called for UEFA to take action against Italian fans after Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off in protest against racist abuse.

DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini accused Mario Balotelli of being a "f***ing lunatic" during an amazing training ground clash yesterday. Also: Frank Lampard has told Chelsea he will take a pay cut of £100,000 a week to stay at the club.

THE INDEPENDENT: Mario Balotelli jeopardised his relationship with the one figure at Manchester City who has supported him throughout his troubled time in England yesterday when he became involved in an extraordinary shoving match with Roberto Mancini at the club's training ground. Also: Luis Suarez, despite scoring more goals in five months than he did in the whole of last season, is likely to lose his position as Liverpool's central striker to Daniel Sturridge.

DAILY MAIL: These were the astonishing scenes at Manchester City's training ground as furious boss Roberto Mancini grappled with Mario Balotelli yesterday. Also: Kevin-Prince Boateng led his AC Milan team-mates off the pitch yesterday after black players were subjected to racist abuse during a friendly at fourth division side Pro Patria.

THE GUARDIAN: Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini had to be pulled apart after an angry training ground bust-up between the pair yesterday raised yet more questions over the striker's long-term future at Manchester City. Also: Brendan Rodgers is prepared to move Luis Suarez "for the common good of the team" to accommodate Daniel Sturridge in the new signing's preferred role as a central striker at Liverpool.

THE TIMES: Mario Balotelli's fractious relationship with Roberto Mancini took another turn for the worse yesterday when the controversial Manchester City striker became embroiled in a training ground fight with his manager. Also: Tottenham Hotspur lead the race to sign Moussa Sissoko, the France midfielder, on a pre-contract agreement amid strong interest from several other Barclays Premier League clubs.