A penny for his thoughts as Mario Balotelli goes to school

Everyone was following him around, says student, after striker turns up in Bentley looking for Gents

LAST UPDATED AT 08:26 ON Fri 13 Jan 2012

WITH Manchester City’s season in danger of going down the toilet, by chance it was a public convenience that was the only thing on Mario ‘Bonkers’ Balotelli’s mind as made a flying visit to Xaverian College on Thursday afternoon.
 
City’s 21-year-old striker drove his white Bentley into the college car park and then rushed into the canteen asking pupils if they could direct him to the lavatory. Having answered the call of nature, the madcap Italian then went on a tour of the 1,800-pupil sixth form college (motto: ‘In Harmony Small Things Grow’) accompanied by three friends and a throng of stunned students.
 
According to the Manchester Evening News, Balotelli spent 20 minutes at the college, which is on Lower Park Road just a mile from City's former Maine Road stadium, before driving off in his Bentley. 
 
He left behind several hundred children in a state of feverish excitement. One, Edward Gasson, told the MEN that he was sitting with friends in the canteen when the City frontman dashed in. “Balotelli parked his Bentley outside then came in and was asking where the toilets were, then he went to the teachers’ staff room,” said Gasson. “After that he was just walking round campus like he owned the place and everyone was following him around. It was amazing.”
 
Another student, Josh Keogh, said that once Balotelli had found the toilet, “He seemed proper chilled. It was really weird to see him at our college”.
 
It’s not the first time Balotelli has gone ‘off message’ since joining City from Inter Milan in the summer of 2010. In that time there have been fireworks on and off the pitch, quite literally, with rumours even suggesting Balotelli has spent some of the festive season giving out money on the streets of Manchester while dressed as Father Christmas. 
 
With City having suffered a dip in form recently, losing to Sunderland in the league, Manchester United in the FA Cup  and Liverpool in the Carling Cup, it may be that Balotelli is seeking alternative employment. Xaverian College offers courses in everything from GSCE Psychology to A-level Classical Civilisation.
 
On phoning the college to enquire whether Balotelli was looking to become a student, the MEN was told: “We weren’t able to enrol him on any courses... [but] Xaverian was delighted to receive a surprise visit from Mario, who chatted to some of the students at one of Manchester’s most successful colleges.” · 

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