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Tuesday January 10 2012
Balotelli on England and the Press

Mario Balotelli has discussed subjects ranging from life in England and his relationship with the Press to combating racism in Italy, in an extensive interview.

In the latest issue of Italian magazine L’Uomo Vogue, which is due out this week, current Manchester City star Balotelli covered a wide range of topics, beginning with his situation in England.

“I’m 21 years old and for almost two have been away from home. I’ve adapted quite well, despite some unfathomable differences. But I have no real friends here. If I had to move, right now, I would choose Italy,” revealed the Italian international, before turning his mind to the English media.

“If I buy a Fiat Uno, I read that a guy like me is better suited to a Ferrari, but if I choose a Ferrari, they write that I should keep my feet on the ground and buy a Fiat Uno.

“If I laugh then I am unprofessional, if I do not laugh then I’m the miserable rich guy who cannot enjoy even the best job in the world.

“Here in England the tabloid Press writes about everything and always exaggerates. The thing that gives me most trouble is that in Italy, that tabloid rubbish is amplified without verification. So many Italians are taking everything at face value.”

Balotelli’s time in Italy was notable for several instances of racist abuse directed at him from opposing fans.

“I do not think it is a issue linked to fans - I know diehard supporters who are completely correct, in Italy and even more so in England. Racism is born of the lowest ignorance, we must act to teach that to the children at school, above all else.

“Don’t laugh, eh…I realised later that school is essential and I thank my parents for insisting that I took the high school diploma.”

The young striker was also asked to reflect on his relationship with Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini, both of whom worked with him at Inter, whilst Mancini is his current manager in Manchester.

“I would say in terms of personal feeling, I would rate Mancini first and then Mourinho. A Coach has to get 100 per cent out of a player and Mancini is very good because he is doing that with me.”

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