Mario Balotelli believes there is "nobody better" than Roberto Mancini to be Manchester City manager and says the players want the Italian to stay.
Mancini's future has been the subject of intense speculation of late following City's faltering defence of the Premier League title.
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is the latest manager to be linked with the position at the Etihad Stadium.
City lie 12 points behind local rivals Manchester United and only have the FA Cup as a realistic trophy option this season after finishing bottom of their UEFA Champions League group.
However, Balotelli does not feel it is the right time for City's owners to dispense with Mancini, despite his own departure in January.
Balotelli, who had a training ground bust-up with Mancini in the weeks leading up to his move to AC Milan , is confident the City boss still retains the support of the players.
"There is nobody better for City," Balotelli is quoted in The Sun. "Most importantly, the players like him...