Mario Balotelli has reiterated he won't push for a summer move to Milan. “I want to repay Roberto Mancini, the most important Coach in my career.”
The speculation continues that the Manchester City striker is homesick and already angling for a return to San Siro, albeit the red and black side, in June.
“I don't know exactly how long I will stay with City but I have the contract and I want to respect it,” SuperMario told the Mail on Sunday.
“I want to win the league with Manchester City and I think we can do it this season. We have the players.
“I want to repay Mancini, too. Since I was 17 he has been the most important Coach in my career.”
Mancio famously plucked a teenage Balotelli from the Inter youth team to make him a Serie A and Champions League star.
The striker never really celebrated his goals at Inter and has continued that trend in the Premier League, even after netting a hat-trick against Aston Villa last week.
“Sometimes I don't smile outwardly but I am smiling inside and that is how it was when I heard the fans chant my name.
“Did I ever say I was homesick? Sure, it is normal to miss your home and your family but I can see my family and friends here, too. My mother was here just recently.”
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