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Man City coach Platt: Mancini will get best from Balotelli

Manchester City coach David Platt has urged for patience with the development of Mario Balotelli.

Platt says manager Roberto Mancini is the perfect person to knock Balotelli into shape, both in terms of his football and his temperament.

"Mario is easy to manage, certainly for Roberto, who knows him very, very well," said Platt.

"He is a very young boy who has come over from the security of Italy and his family to a club that is demanding."

Former Juventus and Aston Villa star Platt continued: "He is very, very inexperienced and also inexperienced in terms of City because of his injury and the fact he was suspended for three games when he came back.

"I'm not sure how many times he has pulled on a City shirt but it's not more than half a dozen, so he is very inexperienced.

"What he has to come to terms with is English football, the fact that it's played at a breakneck speed and that he might not get the fouls in England that he would get in Serie A.

"But we are all here to help him because there is an immense talent there."

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