Balotelli opens up in interview with FourFourTwo.
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has conceded that he misses the Manchester City supporters, although he doesn’t quite miss other aspects of his time in England.
The tabloid favourite was speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, with publication set for March’s edition.
The 23-year-old made the headlines again at the weekend, after he was seen breaking down in tears on the bench after being substituted during Milan’s 3-1 defeat to Napoli.
While coach Clarence Seedorf and his teammates have come out to support him as he deals with personal matters concerning confirmation that he is the father of former partner Raffaela Fico’s child, Pia, he had discussed his time in England amongst other things prior to the game in Naples on Saturday.
“I miss the fans. I do not miss the food or the way they drive over there, but the City fans, yes they are the ones that I miss,” he said, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Although the Milan fans are just as fantastic. Most of my memories of Manchester are happy because I enjoyed it. was not a shock to move to England and there isn’t a big difference between the two clubs”.
“If I still talk with the City players? I got a text from Micah [Richards] just the other day. I see [Carlos] Tevez sometimes now that he’s in Italy. It was difficult at City at first, but I went to Manchester as a boy and I came back as a man.”
Balotelli also revealed that he had been left inspired by meeting the Pope last year, and that he uses hie belief in God to help him calm down at times.
In an interview that covered various topics of the Italian international’s life, he also revealed that he would leave the pitch if he was the victim of racist abuse but insists that the aspect of playing football that he most enjoys, is when he sees that “other people are proud” of him for doing something important on the field.