Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he will miss Mario Balotelli, as will the British Press, “but he had this big chance to go back to Italy with Milan.”
Mancini was speaking to Sky Sports in England after the Rossoneri announced a deal, as Balotelli flies in tomorrow morning to complete his medical.
“Both clubs are talking about him, maybe tomorrow they can close and Mario will undergo a medical.
“We are very sorry, as we love Mario as a guy and we love Mario as a player, but he had this big chance to go back to Italy and play for another top club like Milan.
“I hope Mario can continue to improve and show his real value, because I think that if he works hard then he can become one of the best players in Europe.
“I think the journalists will miss him, as they have something to talk about with Mario every day. It’ll be a big problem for the Press.”
Mancini also revealed that the negotiations only really intensified over the last 48 hours in a deal thought to be worth €20m plus another €3m in performance-related bonuses.
“Just four days ago there was nothing. Over the last two days they started to talk and it is important for Mario to play in Italy and stay in Italy with his family.”
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