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Man City defender Lescott insists Boateng, Balotelli good friends

Joleon Lescott insists morale is not an issue at Manchester City.

Lescott is adamant the Blues will not become mired in off-field problems, dismissing Friday's punch-up between Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng at a stroke.

"They are pals," said the England defender.

"It is just the way they wanted to win in training.

"I can't remember the way it started and obviously it wasn't going someone's way.

"They were talking straight afterwards. They sit together at lunch and dinner so there is no ill-feeling between the two of them.

"That kind of thing has happened at every club I have been at. It is no surprise to anyone.

"But the media tend to make it bigger than it is and the way things are at this club at the moment, people perceive things that are not happening."

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