Blues willing to let Kolo go?
- Sat 30 Jun 2012, 10:01AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Without exaggeration, there are in excess of 30 features in Saturday’s Press relating to Mario Balotelli – a new record even for the Blues’ talented Italian.
We’ll come to those in a moment, but begin with a story from The Sun’s Martin Blackburn who picks up on a possible departure from City – and a former skipper at that.
He writes: “Manchester City are ready to listen to offers for Kolo Toure. Turkish club Bursaspor are preparing a move for the Ivory Coast central defender.
“But City are keen on getting a fee for Toure — even though he has only one year left on his current deal at the Etihad.
“Clubs in the Middle East are also keeping tabs on the former Arsenal star and could offer him a lucrative end to his successful career.
“But his only appearance during a tense run-in was a five-minute cameo as a sub in the win at Wolves in April.
“City insist they will not let him go on a free and are in no rush to sell as his presence at the club helped brother Yaya Toure settle in.”
Anyone who knows Kolo won’t be disappointed if this story doesn’t become a fact – a nicer guy would be hard to meet!
So on to Mr Balotelli. We’ll go with The Independent’s Ian Herbert who has tapped into the love Mario is at last feeling from his home nation.
It’s akin to the relationship the City striker has with the Blues’ fans and it could be the making of the young Azzurri star.
Herbert writes: "’People's view of Balotelli has changed overnight,’ said La Stampa's Paolo Brusorio. ‘Before this game he was not loved a lot but it was finally appreciated last night what quality he brings to Italy. He was a boy who began to behave like a man.’
“Comments which will cause those who know Balotelli best to shudder, because they know that no part of this individual's development is an overnight event. In fact, the only individual guaranteed to knock any sense into him stands 5ft 5in tall and is now in her 70s.
“Sylvia Balotelli, the trained nurse and indefatigable foster-mother who raised the future Manchester City footballer from the age of four, is the one who ordered him to sit down and apply his mind to a subject she felt should concern him, during one of her visits last year to the flat he occupied on Manchester's Deansgate.
“It is hard to imagine a woman further removed from the madness of Mario's football world.”
A terrific read. The world can finally see why City fans adore the man they call ‘Super’…