Mario Balotelli has dismissed rumours of a move back to Italy and revealed he his learning from the example given by Carlos Tevez in his attitude to training.
The Manchester City striker was speaking to Gazzetto dello Sport when he revealed his intention to stay at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future.
It is the first time he has spoken publicly since his red card against Arsenal a week ago on Sunday, after which his manager Roberto Mancini criticised him, but Balotelli insisted his relationship with the Citizens boss is still good.
“My future? I am only thinking about winning the title at the moment,” he said in the interview.
“Why are you always talking about Milan and Inter? I am under contract with Manchester City and have no intention of leaving.”
Despite denying a return to his former club Inter Milan, the 21-year-old could not deny that comments from the Serie A side’s president Massimo Moratti were pleasing.
“I am pleased that Moratti talks about me in a positive way,” added the controversial striker.
“He has known me since I was 15. I am grateful for the faith he has in me, but I'm only thinking about Manchester City.”
Balotelli also revealed how he is learning to grow up during his time with City and mentioned how the influence of Tevez in training is helping to become more professional.
“When I arrived here I trained to have fun. But from him I have learnt to always give everything, every day,” he revealed.
“Carlitos is very special and as such we can say that he is very similar to Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic].”
Balotelli is currently serving a four-match ban after picking up two bookings in the game at Emirates Stadium and he acknowledged that he has a lot to learn and believes his relationship with his manager is key to this.
“I still have to improve, especially as a footballer. Above all my behaviour on the pitch, but also tactically,” admitted the Italy international.
“I have the fortune to be working with [Roberto] Mancini, one of the best managers in the world, if not the best.
“Things are going well between us. We have talked about things after my last dismissal.”
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