The heat is on boss Mancini after Cityâ€™s woeful Champions League KO and the crumbling defence of their Premier League title.
Yet Balotelli said: â€śIf you asked who they want next season, every single player would say Roberto. Heâ€™s not just their coach but also their friend.â€ť
Balotelli, 22, left City for Italian giants AC Milan for ÂŁ19million last month.
But he believes Mancini is owed more time by billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour.
He said: â€śLook at the success Roberto has had â€” the FA Cup and a first championship in over 40 years. Even Alex Ferguson does not win a trophy every year â€” but he always comes back.â€ť