Balotelli's temper not a concern say Mancini

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Roberto Mancini is confident he will have no problems with Mario Balotelli's notoriously fiery temper.

The 20-year-old became Manchester City's fifth new arrival of the summer last night when he signed a five-year contract with the Eastlands outfit.

A deal estimated, to be around £22million, has taken Mancini's summer spending beyond the £100million mark, placing a huge weight of expectation on the Italian ahead of the new campaign.

And, with Balotelli, Mancini is also inheriting a combustible character, who twice angered former boss Jose Mourinho enough to stop him playing for Inter Milan, including appearing on TV in a shirt of rivals AC Milan.

Yet, Mancini does not view Balotelli's indiscretions as any more than the folly of youth.

"Balotelli is a young guy and he is a good guy," said the City chief.

"Like all the young men, sometimes his behaviour is not good. But it is wrong to say he is not a good man.

"I don't believe he will have a big problem."