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Man City pair De Jong, Kompany acting as Balotelli minders

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong says the senior players are keeping Mario Balotelli on the straight and narrow.

De Jong and skipper Vincent Kompany have become Balotelli's official minders - and they are determined the hothead Italian explodes on the pitch rather than off it.

De Jong said: "We have a laugh with him. He's done well this season. We've taken him in and we unite as a team."

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