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Published on Feb 02, 2013
 

Balotelli happy to escape English media, weather and food

 
 

MILAN (REUTERS) - 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 (S$39.2 million).