Thursday January 31 2013
Balotelli: I love Mancini!

New Milan signing Mario Balotelli has thanked Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini for his support down the years.

The Italian has worked with the tactician at firstly Inter and then City before opting for a return to Italy this week.

“I said goodbye to everyone at the meal in London before the game at Queens Park Rangers,” the youngster told in a farewell interview. “It was a very emotional for me.

“I spoke with Roberto before I went to speak to the players. We spoke for some time about lots of things. He was sad, and I was too. But it was a good conversation.

“I love Roberto, he has been very important for my career, and I will always thank him for having trust and faith in me.”

Balotelli moved to City in 2010 and he believes the experience of playing in the Premiership has served him well.

“Being at City was an important part of my life and career,” he added. “I needed to grow up like a player and as a person and it has been a very good experience for me.

“To win the Premier League was a very special moment, and I am proud to have been a part of that,” he continued.

“I will always be interested in Manchester City and their fortunes. I really hope that City can win the League again this year and beat United.

“I think there are great players at the club and a great manager too. The club will be very successful in the future and that makes me happy.”