The Manchester City manager presented a special praise for the striker Mario Balotelli, who scored his first goal of the Premier league season in the match against Wigan. The 22-year-old Italian came into the new season on the back of a very successful Euro 2012 with the Italian national team.

However, he has made a terrible start to the domestic season with Manchester City, as he has not been able to find the net in all the matches he has played up until now. This has led to him being dropped by the manager Mancini in recent weeks, while there has also been speculation of him leaving to Italy in the January transfer window.

However, those speculation finally came to an end after the manager put an end to the speculation by saying that he will not sell the striker for any price. The striker recently scored his first goal of the season against Wigan. The 2-0 victory was extremely lucky for City, as they were completely dominated by the opposition. However, two quick goals from Mario Balotelli and James Milner helped them seal the three points that kept them just one point behind leaders Manchester United. Due to the presence of quality players like Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, Balotelli has not been able to play regularly according to Mancini.

"I am very happy for him because he scored his first goal this year. He scored an important goal. I hope he can improve in the next week and the next game. Mario is one of the four strikers, we have four top strikers. In this moment we have had some difficulty scoring goals like last year, but I think if we work we can change this," said Mancini. The manager will be hoping for a similar performance from the striker against Everton this weekend.