Exactly six years today, Mario Balotelli displayed more evidence of the fiery temperament his Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini was so desperate to remove from his game when he clashed with his team-mate Jerome Boateng in training.

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Balotelli reacted after a tackle from the German defender and the two had to be pulled apart, though they later made up.

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City insisted last night that the clash had lasted for a few seconds and was reflective of the competitive spirit in the ranks but the fact that the two have been pictured will be an irritation to Mancini who said that 20-year-old Balotelli's temperament is the only impediment to him becoming a world-class player.