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Football: Liverpool new boy Balotelli glad to be back

Published on Aug 26, 2014 6:50 AM
Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a goal past England's goalkeeper Joe Hart during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus on June 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Mario Balotelli said he was glad to be back in the Premier League after the controversial Italy striker completed his 16 million pound (S$33.1 million) move to Liverpool on Monday, Aug 25, 2014.

Balotelli left England in January 2013 when Manchester City sold him to AC Milan, but the 24-year-old endured a difficult time in Milan, where he was subjected to racial abuse by opposing fans.

After completing his switch to Anfield on a three-year contract worth a reported 90,000 pounds a week, which includes an option for a further year, Balotelli conceded he had been wrong to ever leave England.

"I'm happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake. I wanted to go to Italy, but I realised it was a mistake," Balotelli told Liverpool's website.

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