Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has admitted that he is "not really surprised" that Roberto Mancini was sacked by last season's Premier League champions earlier this week. 

The Italian forward, who joined Serie A side Milan back in January, told CNN: “I'm not really surprised, but I know when I was with him he was a great manager and we had one of the best teams I've ever played with.

“I don't know why they didn't win (the FA Cup Final), but obviously there were some problems inside. I am here, so I don't know.”

The 21-year old has netted 11 times in 12 league appearances for the Serie A giants, assisting them to climb to third place in the league. 

Despite Balotelli's obvious playing ability, several controversial moments - both on and off the field - ultimately led to him being sold by Manchester City in the last transfer window to the Italian outfit.

Tancredi Palmeri, a CNN Italian Sports Correspondent and 'Gazzetta dello Sport' contributor, tweeted on Wednesday that Balotelli had told him: "A strong team didn't win so I see why he was sacked. Also, maybe there were problems inside."

And Balotelli went on to declare: "The best thing of my time in England were City fans."

Balotelli, who had previously worked under Mancini at Inter Milan before Manchester City, scored a total of 28 goals in 54 appearances. However, he had very poor discipline, resulting in a total of four red cards in his spell at the Etihad Stadium. 

Ridiculous incidents were relatively regular. They included back-heeling the ball wide when through on goal, stamping on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker's head and several fights with team-mates.

A training ground bust-up with then-manager Mancini went public, and this was ultimately the final straw in a series of events that saw Balotelli leave the club for AC Milan.


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