Balotelli relieved to escape English Media

Published February 3rd, 2013 - 10:30 GMT

Maverick striker Mario Balotelli said he was relieved to escape the English media, driving, weather and food when the new signing was officially presented by AC Milan on Friday.

“To be a player for Milan has always been my dream so I’m very happy,” he told a news conference. “But I prefer playing not talking.”

The 22-year-old explained that he was happy to be closer to his family and friends following his move from Manchester City which came after a series of fall-outs with manager Roberto Mancini and some bizarre incidents.

“Now I’m at Milan it’s very important above all because I am close to my family and friends. Manchester is not so far but it’s not close like Milan,” said Balotelli who this week cost the Italian club a fee that media reports have put at 20 million euros.

The Italy forward mused on the positives and negatives of living in England.

“Good things, only when I get to Carrington to train, so my team mates, my manager, those are the good things. The bad things?...everything else.”

Italy’s Mario Balotelli (left), newly signed player for AC Milan soccer club, holds his jersey with AC Milan’s Vice President Adriano Galliani, as they pose for a photo before a news conference at the San Siro stadium in Milan Feb 1.

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