AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says there were obviously problems at Manchester City that led to the club failing to retain the Premier League title and to the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini.
Asked about Mancini’s departure, he told CNN World of Sport: “I am not really surprised. When I was with him he was a great manager and we had the best , I think, one of the best teams I have played with.
“I don’t know why they didn’t win. But obviously there were some problems inside – I don’t know. I am here so I don’t know.”
Balotelli also said he would walk off the pitch when he is next subjected to racist abuse.
He said: “I always said that if it (racism) happened in the stadium I just do like ‘nobody says nothing and I don’t care’.
“But this time I think I changed my mind a little bit. If it’s going to happen one more time I’m going to leave the pitch because it’s so stupid.”
And he revealed he nearly left the pitch following racist abuse in last Sunday’s match against Roma but, in consultation with team-mate Kevin Prince Boateng, decided not to in case Milan were forced to forfeit the match 3-0.
He explained: “Yeah I spoke with Prince. I was about to leave the pitch even on Sunday but they think I want to leave because maybe we have some difficulty with the game and then we are going to win 3-0 and I say ‘no, it’s better we play and I will talk’, that’s it.
“But if it wasn’t for this reason then I was going to leave the pitch on Sunday.”