Man City boss Mancini: Balotelli omitted as technical choice

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini denies any rift with Mario Balotelli after dropping him for victory over Tottenham.

Balotelli's appearance in the stand just triggered more rumours of a fall-out with Mancini, amid further speculation about a transfer window move back to Italy.

"Mario was a technical choice," said Mancini. "There was no fall-out, just rest and recovery."

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