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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Balotelli vows to behave

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Mario Balotelli has promised to keep himself under control at Euro 2012.

Balotelli has previously fallen foul of Cesare Prandelli's much discussed 'code of ethics', and in February the Italy coach had suggested the Manchester City striker may not make his squad this summer if he did not improve his temperament.

However, he was included in the 32-man preliminary squad to travel to Poland and Ukraine and he has now assured Prandelli that he has no intention of causing him any trouble.

"Don't worry, there will be no problems at the Euros," he told the Corriere dello Sport. "I will keep myself under control. Prandelli and Roberto Mancini are the greatest coaches I've worked with in my career, as they are also great people. I must thank them so much."

He added: "I've dreamed of playing at the Euros since I was a child. Wearing the Italy jersey has always been my dream and now it has become reality. Now the Euros are coming up, which are the biggest competition along with the World Cup. I'm so fired up I can't wait to get started.

"I will give my all to do well. The whole team and I want the Nazionale to play a great Euros so we can give some satisfaction to the Italian people."

Balotelli also reiterated his desire to remain at Manchester City despite regular links with Serie A clubs.

"I do miss Italy, but playing in the Premier League is great fun," he said. "I really think I will stay at City. On a personal level, I could've done better this season. I can and must always do better.

"You know me by now, I always want to improve. The important thing is that City won. I hope to lift more trophies next year, hopefully even the Champions League..."




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