Good riddance for Man City? Mario and Mancini ‘sad’ after AC Milan move
Good riddance? That question will be answered at the end of the season, although Mario Balotelli had become some sort of a village idiot at Manchester. With his car becoming a urinal for Manchester United supporters and his questionably-funny antics destroying Manchester City’s image, it was just a matter of time before Roberto Mancini’s favorite striker was sent away from the Eastlands.
Just a couple of hours ago, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed selling Mario Balotelli to AC Milan. The ex-Inter Milan boss, who has had a father-son relationship with the young Italy international in spite of all the ups and downs, confessed he was ‘sad’ to lose Mario Balotelli.
The transfer move ends weeks of speculation regarding which club would Mario Balotelli move into. The 22-year-old striker has been an AC Milan fan since he was playing for their archrivals Inter Milan. As a matter of fact, Mario Balotelli once walked into an Inter Milan press conference while wearing an AC Milan jersey.
Earlier today, a statement regarding Mario Balotelli’s transfer was released on AC Milan official website. The statement read: “AC Milan announces that it has acquired Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, who has signed a contract until 30 June 2017.”
Mario Balotelli wished Manchester City the best and hopes his former club will defend the Premier League title in his absence. The Italian also expressed excitement at playing for AC Milan. In an interview to Manchester City’s official website, Mario Balotelli admitted he will always remember his time at Manchester City very fondly.
“For sure I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters,” Mario Balotelli said. “They are the best, they were great with me and I will always have a very special place in my heart for City, it’s a great club with a great future. I thank them for all of their support of me. Maybe one day we will see each other again.
“I think to win the Premier League was a very special moment, and I am proud to have been a part of that. 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 still, even if I'm not there. Someone told me the fans sang it at QPR; that is nice.
“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.”