By FOX Sports Staff
Balotelli was under Mancini's tutelage at both City and Inter Milan but recently ended his association with the latter after moving to AC Milan in the January transfer window.
The volatile striker has still maintained relations with the City players, however, and fondly remembers his time at the club.
In recent weeks, speculation has also increased with regards to Mancini's future at the club with Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini emerging as a candidate to take over in the summer. It is believed that the club owners are not happy that Mancini's side currently trail Manchester United by a mammoth 12 points in the Premier League.
His former charge, however, believes the 48-year-old Italian is perfectly suited for the City helm and should continue to manage the club next season.
"There is nobody better for City. Most importantly, the players like him," Balotelli was quoted as saying by the Sun.
"If you asked who they want next season, every single player would say Roberto.
"He's not just their coach but also their friend."
Despite the lack of tangible achievements in the current campaign - City exited the Champions League at the group stages and are out of the Capital One Cup - Balotelli believes Mancini's successful management in the previous season should still come into consideration.
He said: "Look at the success Roberto has had - the FA Cup and a first championship in over 40 years.
"Even Alex Ferguson does not win a trophy every year - but he always comes back."
The 22-year-old was cup-tied for Milan's mid-week Champions League win over Barcelona and should play a part in Sunday's Milan derby. His former side are also in action on the day and face nearest challengers Chelsea at the Etihad.