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Balotelli enjoys 'beautiful' English football

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Mario Balotelli has revealed he's loving life in England under manager Roberto Mancini.

The Italian maverick joined the Citizens from Inter Milan back in the summer of 2010, but has really hit form at the start of the current season to coincide with the club's rise to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Speaking ahead of international friendlies against Poland and Uruguay, Balotelli paid tribute to his club manager for the role he's played in helping develop his own talents, as well as noting some key new skills picked up in the Barclays Premier League.

"They brought me calmness and helped me from a tactical perspective. I feel like a centre-forward, but I can also play on the wings," said the forward in reference to Italy national team coach Cesare Prandelli and club boss Mancini.

"English football taught me the pressing game and to chase opponents when I lose the ball. I don't miss Italian football, the level there has fallen a long way, while English football is beautiful and enjoyable."

Despite enduring a troubled time at the San Siro, Balotelli has refused to rule out a possible return to Serie 'A' in the future, potentially angering Inter fans by suggesting AC Milan would appeal.

However, the 21-year-old is more than happy at 'great' City, and sees no reason to leave the Etihad Stadium anytime soon.

"If the conditions were right I would even return to Inter. If the club was aiming high and the fans were calm [about the idea]," he added.

"How close was I to a move to Milan [in the past]? I don't know. But I like Milan and I won't hide that fact, they are a great club and they have a team with many champions in which I would like to play.

"For now, though, I am happy in England. We have a great team at City."

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