"I will give him another 100 chances, if it is possible, if I think he can change. I am here for this," Mancini said Friday. "Sometimes I am upset with him because he doesn't do everything for this, but I give him another chance, sure. He is 22 and he can do a mistake."
"During three or four seconds because he didn't want to leave the pitch," Mancini said. "He can't do this against no one, but then it was finished. It wasn't a bad thing like in the paper. The photo is worse than what happened.
"We were playing a game and Mario kicked his teammate and I said to him, 'Go inside, leave the pitch.' He said, 'No', and I took his shirt, I pushed him off the pitch. This is what really happened, there was no fight."
"(If) he doesn't change, for him it will be very difficult in the future — for him, not me," Mancini said. "Mario could stay with me one day, one month, five years. He is 22 years old. He needs to change. His problem is for himself.
"It is not easy to manage him and we can talk about him, but my thoughts about him don't change. What he did yesterday he can do also during the game. This is the problem, but I have faith, yes."
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