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Mario Balotelli Apologises, Samir Nasri Agrees To A Wager With Piers Morgan And More (TRANSFER AND GOSSIP TALK)

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There was more baloney from Balotelli at the weekend, and Manchester City's irascible 21-year-old has now begun the process of atonement.

Hopefully the Italian won't [SPOILER ALERT] share the same fate as James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, but his future at Eastlands is looking bleak after his circus act at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Via Italian news agency Ansa, almost every newspaper runs with the apology Balotelli has issued, declaring his "love" for manager Roberto Mancini less than a week after Yaya Toure declared his own amorous feelings for City's number 45. Although it all feels like a front to mask the cracks of a faltering title challenge...

That horrific challenge on Alexandre Song could lead to a nine-match ban for Balotelli however, according to The Daily Mail. His future is as up in the air as George Clooney so, as stated on Sunday, he may have made his final appearance in laser blue.

Staying in Manchester, and United have apparently identified one of English football's bright young things in teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland. Birmingham City's England Under-21 international is currently on his second loan spell with Cheltenham, having not made a first-team appearance yet for Brum, and has also been regularly watched by Arsenal this season, say the Daily Mirror. £3m is the fee being touted.

Norwich's matchwinner at Tottenham yesterday, Elliott Bennett, has lent his support to the Grant Holt-for-England campaign, as Euro 2012 approaches, report talkSPORT.

Juventus playmaker Milos Krasic just can't hide his regret at not joining Tottenham in January, and in the Metro today he again affirms his desire to move from Turin to London in the summer.

Remaining in north London, or not, is Carlos Vela. The Arsenal striker, who thrived in the League Cup and just didn't in any other competition, wants to remain in Spain, where he is on loan at Real Sociedad. The Sun claim the 23-year-old, who also had a loan spell at West Brom, has said the "lifestyle" in the Basque Country suits him more.

Gunners defender Thomas Vermalen believes the club can challenge for the Premier League next season, but will need to display more consistency if they are to end a nine-year league drought, say The Guardian.

And Samir Nasri, the butt of many an Arsenal joke after another dismal City display, maintains he will win a trophy before his ex-club and has challenged #goonerpower disciple Piers Morgan to a bet. The Frenchman agreed to a £10,000 silverware wager over Twitter.

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