Wednesday, January 30, 2013
''MARIO WAS ONE OF MY CHILDREN'' MANCINI SAD TO SEE BALOTELLI LEAVE MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted being ‘so sad’ to lose Mario Balotelli after the striker’s colourful and often chaotic career in English football ended with a £19.5million move to AC Milan.
Balotelli was withdrawn from City’s squad for Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at QPR and will fly to Italy on Wednesday to have a medical before signing a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Mancini said: 'We are so sad because Mario was an important player for us. With Mario we won the Premier League and the FA Cup in two years.'
He added: 'He’s a fantastic player but it’s important for Mario to go back to Italy. It will be a good chance for him to stay with his family, to play for Milan. I think he can improve and I’m happy he will become one of the best players in the world.
'Mario was like another one of my children. You can be upset with him sometimes, but I really couldn’t care.'
'It is difficult because I lost one important striker and that could be important in the next 14 games,' Mancini said.
'The club told me they had this from Milan. I spoke with Mario and I think he wanted this.
'I think for him after three years in England to come back to Italy will be good for him.'