Mourinho has regularly criticised his young striker in public this season.
But Balotelli says: “We really like each other a lot, which is why we argue so much! Our last big row was because I had a cut near my eye and so I didn’t go back to defend a set play. Luckily we didn’t concede, otherwise he’d have killed me!”
When asked if there was something he would like to tell Mourinho that he so far hadn’t the courage to express, Balotelli came up with an intriguing thought.
“I really hate his car.”