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1 / 6 Mario Balotelli’s father, who bought his son’s house in 2011, says he’s not concerned about Mario being taken off the pitch by Ferrari, but it could change the course of his career.

Ferrari’s chief executive Stefano Domenicali said this week that he expects Mario to retire from the sport after his contract expires at the end of the year, but the former Manchester United and Manchester City midfielder’s father says that could change his son and the sport.

Mario is one of seven young players who will make their debut for the Red Bulls this weekend, with Raheem Sterling also in the mix.

Balotelli, who is under contract at Manchester City until 2021, was fined €100,000 for biting Italy defender Gianluigi Buffon, but he has since appealed the decision, with Ferrari denying any wrongdoing.

He’s the only player to have been suspended by Ferrari this season, with the other four being Sergio Aguero, Mario Baloch and Gonzalo Higuain.

But the 32-year-old has been criticised by many for his attitude towards the game and, when asked if he has any plans to change his approach, Balotlli said: “I will always say that I am happy with my career, I am here to win trophies, I always have been.

If I have a change of mind I will talk to Ferrari and see what they think.””

I have a contract with Ferrari until 2021.

If I have a change of mind I will talk to Ferrari and see what they think.”