The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 0 C Palace

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Milan complete Balotelli deal

AC Milan have completed the signing of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City.

Last Updated: 31/01/13 at 16:20 Post Comment

Mario Balotelli: Warm words for Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli: Warm words for Roberto Mancini

The Italy striker, who previously played for Milan's rivals Inter, returns to San Siro on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

City confirmed Balotelli's exit on their website and the 22-year-old, who won the FA Cup and the Premier League in his two full seasons but made many headlines for his disciplinary problems, thanked manager Roberto Mancini for standing by him.

He said: "I love Roberto, he has been very important for my career, and I will always thank him for having trust and faith in me.

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

"I will remember, too, the song that City fans had for me. It was special for me and I always liked to hear it. I hope they can still sing it sometimes.

"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."

Mancini said: "We are very sorry for him because he leaves the club but we hope Mario can continue to improve and continues to work hard because he is a top, top player."

The player's agent, Mino Raiola, insists the exit of the 22-year-old forward is Italy's gain and England's loss.

"In England they'll regret Balotelli for a long time, Raiola told Sky Sport Italia. "He is an extreme talent. England has only seen 50 per cent of what he can do.

"Balotelli is a cultural asset. We have decreased by 50 per cent the value of the Premier League and improved by 50 per cent the value of Serie A.

"All journalists in England are sad but the important thing is that we have brought a top player back to Italy.

"This negotiation was very difficult. It seemed to fail six or seven times in the last 60 days, especially because of journalists.

"Manchester City's owners were also not convinced they wanted to sell Mario. But we worked step by step.

"Mario's return is a positive sign for all Italian teams. We had to be calm and balanced - and we were. We thank Milan for believing in this deal at a very difficult time economically."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: John Terry and Diego Costa on target as dominant Chelsea beat West Ham

Chelsea maintained their perfect home record in the Premier League after easing to a 2-0 win over West Ham.

Premier League: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits being a fan of West Ham ahead of Boxing Day showdown

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has backtracked on his '19th-century football' jibe at West Ham ahead of the Boxing Day showdown.

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property