New Manchester City signing Mario Balotelli has denied his bad-boy reputation.
New Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli insists he is not a bad boy on his arrival at Eastlands.The fiery 20-year-old striker has moved to big-spending City from Inter Milan although he arrives with a reputation as a hot-headed youngster.
There is no doubting the quality of the Italy international, but Balotelli had a number of controversial run-ins with team-mates, fans and the manager during his time with the Nerazzurri.
Former boss Jose Mourinho excluded him from the first-team squad at one point, while after a UEFA Champions League game he caused outrage in the San Siro when he threw his Inter shirt onto the ground in disgust.
However, the forward denies that he will cause trouble at City, claiming he is a ‘normal guy’.
He said: “I am not a bad boy. I am just a normal guy.” (Sky Sports)
Mario Balotelli has been reunited with former manager Roberto Mancini, the man who gave the striker his big break at Inter Milan, and will be looking to make a new start at Manchester City.
The Italian striker had regular run-ins with former boss Jose Mourinho and was largely unpopular with Inter fans. He is an extremely talented player and seems perfectly suited to the Premier League. It will be interesting to see what impact he will have on a star-studded Manchester City squad.