Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli insists that, whilst he’s already made an impact at Eastlands, he wants to provide even more fireworks next season. For all the right reasons.
Balotelli scored ten goals for City in his debut season after moving to the club last August, putting the Italian third in the side's list of top scorers for the season, behind Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.
And while the 20-year-old experienced some off-field controversy, Balotelli believes that come August 15, when Manchester City take on Swansea, he will show City fans why he is worth the £24 million he was purchased from Inter Milan for.
"I hope there will be a lot of goals to come from me this season," Balotelli said. "I thought my first season was so-so. I know I can score a lot more. I will show City fans this season what I can do."
Balotelli also put fans minds at rest over the Tevez transfer saga, which has hit overdrive over the last week with a bid from the Corinthians failing to secure a move for the prolific Argentina international.
But Balotelli insists that even without Tevez, City will continue to go from strength to strength. "Carlos is a great player, so I hope he's going to stay," he added. "But I've seen great players leave clubs before. It happened at Inter. This is football,” Balotelli added.
"We have a good team here. If a player wants to leave it's his decision but we'll still be a good team. If Carlos is here it's good, while if he goes away I'm sure someone else will arrive.
"But how I play is all down to me. It doesn't matter who else is at Manchester City.”