By Aaron Leggott
Following yesterday's training ground bust up between manager Roberto Mancini & Mario Balotelli, there was many claims throughout the media suggesting that Balotelli's career at Manchester City was coming to a halt.
|Mancini tries to get Balotelli off the pitch|
But, speaking ahead of City's FA Cup Third Round tie at home to Watford, Mancini has played down the confrontation between the Italian pair:
"I think the photos show the worst of what happened.
"It was nothing special. There was no fight, this is not true."
The dispute started after Balotelli made a supposedly bad tackle on team mate Scott Sinclair, forcing Mancini into a bad reaction:
"I asked him to leave the pitch - he said no so I moved him off. That's all that happened and it was nothing more than that."
Despite Mancini insisting that Balotelli will face no action, it is a further incident which doesn't help his case to stay at the home of the English champions, where he has made just a handful of appearances this season.
Below is a clip from Mancini's press conference where he speaks about the Balotelli incident.