AC Milan new signing, Mario Balotelli has labelled Manchester City fans the 'best in England' after leaving the champions for Milan.
Italian striker left City for the team he supported as a child, but
vowed to remember his former club, manager Roberto Mancini and his
striker, whose £20million move was confirmed this morning, was mobbed
by fans last night in Milan when he went out for a quiet meal with club
vice president Adriano Galliani.
Hundreds of Ultras waving banners and
setting off fireworks and flares gathered outside Milan's Giannino
Restaurant where he was set to dine with the club's hierarchy.
And video footage showed Balotelli,
wearing an orange cap, jumping up and down right in the thick of it. But
the celebrations were tarnished, and ended in a fight between fans and
police when tear gas was fired to disperse the noisy crowd.
the intense passion shown by fans of his new club upon his arrival in
Milan, the former Inter striker said that City fans were up there with
the best in the world.
controversial forward said it was emotional to leave Manchester and that
he hopes his former team-mates can pip rivals Manchester United to the
Premier League title this season.
He told City’s official website: ‘For sure I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters.
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
'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.'
had declared that he thinks of the 22-year-old like one of his own
children, and Balotelli reciprocated the sentiment, saying that he loves
his former boss and thanked him for his influence on his career.
After talking to Mancini at length, he said goodbye to his team-mates at a pre-match dinner on Tuesday.