Mario Balotelli happy to leave England

May 17, 2013
By Press Association

Mario Balotelli says he is happy to have put his time in England behind him.

The Italian striker created numerous headlines during his tempestuous two-and-a-half years at Manchester City, but he claims he was given a raw deal.

"I'm really happy now," Balotelli said. "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, who is now at AC Milan, says that his love of women and fast cars is just "normal."

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

He added that many of the stories in the media bore little relation to to the truth and he also defended his lifestyle.

"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."