Balotelli 'happy' to have left England

May 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has admitted he is happy to have left his career in England behind.

Mario Balotelli
APMario Balotelli says he is happy to have left England.

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The Italy international endured a turbulent life in the Premier League with Manchester City, his off-field behaviour combined with his erratic performances for City often making the headlines for the wrong reasons.

But since moving back the Serie A in January, Balotelli has rediscovered his best form, scoring 11 goal in 12 games to lead Milan to within reach of a spot in next season's Champions League.

And the 22-year-old said he was enjoying his return to Italy, believing his time in England was ruined by over-sensationalised stories surrounding his personal life, including his private relationships and his love for motor vehicles.

"I'm really happy now. I have my family near me and my friends. I can relax and find my privacy, more than in England, where I was alone," Balotelli told CNN.

"Women I think is normal. Cars? I like fast cars and I don't see the problem if I like fast cars.

"Some things have happened in my life, some stuff unfortunately happens and they went in the newspapers straight away. But I don't see anything that would make people think that I'm bad or I'm crazy. I'm a normal guy.

"When you create an icon of a person in that kind of way, after everyone thinks you are like this and if you lie about it, everyone just thinks that it is all true. So maybe that's why they think I'm crazy and do crazy things.

"But I'm not here to talk about if I'm unfairly treated. I don't care. I'm out from England, I'm happy that I'm out from England. That's it."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.