From the back pages: Mancini feels the heat after Balotelli bust-up

Out of Europe and seven points behind Manchester United in the title race, under pressure Man City boss Roberto Mancini finally erupted yesterday.

Friday, 4th January 2013, 8:02 am

The furious encounter between the pair exploded when Mancini charged towards Balotelli after he had fouled team-mate Scott Sinclair.

The pictures of the tussle show Mancini pushing Balotelli and tugging at his bib. (The Sun)

The Daily Mail say Balotelli has been having regular sessions with the Manchester City Chaplain.

Arsene Wenger claims fans expect him to find the next Lionel Messi and reveals how they missed out on Swansea star buy Michu. (The Daily Mail)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will ask top scorer Luis Suarez to play a bit deeper to accommodate new signing Daniel Sturridge. (The Telegraph)

AC Milan players staged a walk-off protest after racist chants were aimed at players during a friendly with Pro Patria. (The Telegraph)

The Times say Chelsea iron out transfer issues with Newcastle’s Demba Ba while Wenger is in no mood to take a risk with the striker. In other transfer news The Times has reported Tottenham and Man City are after Spanish striker Fernando Llorente.

The Independent focus on Mancini and Gianfranco Zola - fierce Italian rivals on the pitch for club and country - as their teams prepare to face each other in the FA Cup.

Rory McIllroy has said he may sidestep the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (The Guardian)