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Man City midfielder De Jong says Balotelli is a 'fool'

April 4, 2012 - London

Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong has said madcap Italian striker Mario Balotelli is a fool at times, and at the same time he can be a genius.

"Sometimes Mario is a fool and at other times he is a genius. There are two sides to him. Lots of people expect him to pull off crazy stunts and as a result he feels he must do something," The Sun quoted De Jong, as saying.

"People like that need to have upheaval in their lives in order to perform. He is happy in his personal relationship. That is important and it makes him more focused. But he knows that he has to become more serious-minded," he added.

Amidst reports in the media regarding senior player's unhappiness over the special treatment Balotelli receives from the manager Roberto Mancini, De Jong believes if it wasn't for the manager then he would have been a lost case till know.

De Jong said: "Luckily, we have a manager who has his say, otherwise Mario would have gone off the rails a long time ago. Problems also seem to come from the people who hang around with him."


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