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Apr 2, 2014

Balotelli's brother wants England link-up

Enoch Balotelli, the younger sibling of Italy international Mario, has revealed he dreams of playing alongside his brother in the Premier League.

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Enoch has previously had unsuccessful trials with Stoke and Sunderland, while in 2012 he joined English lower league side Salford City FC and last October cut his ties with Maltese side Qormi FC due to lack of playing time.

Although he neither expects, nor wants, any favours based on being the AC Milan striker's brother, the 20-year-old believes both he and Mario are suited to playing in England, and that they could one day be on the same team.

"My dream is to be able to play alongside my brother," La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Enoch as telling Italian magazine Chi. "That's what I always dream about, only not in Italy but in England.

"We left our hearts and many friends behind there and it's a life which, in terms of football, is absolutely ideal for us."

Mario often attends Enoch's matches for Italian lower-league side Vallecamonica, arguably drawing more attention than his brother on the field, but Enoch insists he does not expect any special treatment climbing the footballing ladder.

"Mario's going his way, and I'm going mine," he added. "I've never had any favours, otherwise I wouldn't be here playing in the lower leagues.

"If I'd received favours of any kind, I very much doubt I would be playing here, but people are always insulting me for that and my skin colour. I just pretend I don't hear them and I never react.

"In footballing terms, I am and I always will be in [Mario's] shadow. I've never had a real opportunity -- something which could change my life."

Mario Balotelli spent two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League with Manchester City, scoring 20 goals in 54 league appearances.

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