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Balotelli blasts English life

Mario Balotelli has slammed England’s press, weather, food and drivers at his official unveiling as an AC Milan player.

The 22-year-old striker has joined AC Milan from Manchester City after a frustrating period in the English Premier League and claims he wants to ‘be centre stage’ for the Italian giants.

Having been regularly consigned to the bench with both Manchester City and Inter Milan, in his previous stint in Serie A, Balotelli hopes to ‘play a leading role’ in any AC Milan success.

“Four years have passed (since I played with Inter), I’ve grown,” Balotelli said on Friday.

“I’m here to win and be centre stage.

“When I played for Inter I won but not always played, while here at Milan I hope I can win and play a leading role, that’s the difference.”

The tempestuous Italian added he has no regrets about leaving England and when asked what he disliked about the country, he answered:

“The press first, the weather, the food, the way they drive and that’s it,” Balotelli said.

Balotelli claimed the move to AC Milan was ‘a dream come true’ but despite that, he did not rule out a return to England.

“To be honest the Premier League is an amazing league and I think it’s the best,” Balotelli said.

“The crowd and the pitches make it a really amazing league.

“I don’t know in the future if I could go back or not but for the moment I’m happy to be here (in Milan) and I want to play here.”

Balotelli could play his first game for AC Milan on Sunday when they host Udinese at the San Siro.

Sat 2 Feb, 2013
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