‘Ma­ture’ Balotelli wants to STRIP ti­tle from United

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 -

14 goals and a pair of penal­ties – and the in­ten­sity and ef­fort I put into train­ing this year are not com­pa­ra­ble to last sea­son,” said Balotelli.

“I have grown up, I have un­der­stood cer­tain things.”

Balotelli was pic­tured leav­ing the lap dance bar less than 48 hours be­fore he scored in City’s 2-0 win over Bolton.

An­gry City boss Mancini re­vealed af­ter the game that he would be fin­ing his un­pre­dictable striker the max­i­mum amount of £250,000, the equiv­a­lent of two weeks’ wages.

Mancini ad­mit­ted that he would like to see Balotelli set­tle down and maybe even get mar­ried to try to curb some of his an­tics.

But the player in­sists that wed­ding bells are not on the cards just yet – de­spite go­ing out with stun­ning model Raf­faella Fico.

“Do I think to marry? For me it is not soon,” said Balotelli.

“When you find the right per­son, it may be the time.

An­gry

“Raf­faella is the best thing that ever hap­pened to me. She un­der­stands me when I make a mess.”

And Balotelli re­vealed: “How did she take my evening at the strip club? Well, I’d have got an­gry if she went to a male strip­pers’ club with her friends.”

But he in­sisted: “I have not done any­thing wrong at the strip club, even though I was wrong to go there two days be­fore a game.

“The fine? I don’t know yet. I have to talk with Mancini.”

City’s lead at the top is two points af­ter Manch­ester United’s clin­i­cal 3-1 win at Tot­ten­ham on Sun­day.

But Balotelli said he does not fear the Reds in the bat­tle for the ti­tle.

He added: “We are a great group, we have qual­ity. If we re­main to­gether un­til the end, United will fin­ish be­hind us and they are not to be feared.”

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