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I'm growing up, Mario tells his managers

  • 07 March 2012 08:45
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

He's a striker, he's good at quotes. At least, he is back home in Italy, and Gazzetta dello Sport's interview with Mario Balotelli is eagerly taken up by everyone else.

Following his latest escapade and being fined by Roberto Mancini for breaching club rules, Mario reckons that he is growing up - but he's not ready for wedding bells just yet.

Cameron Macphail, who handles the Telegraph's take, notes Mario's reluctance to make his marriage vows to the lovely Raffaella, as Roberto had suggested at the weekend.

He quotes Balo: "For me it is not soon. When you find the right person, it may be the time. Raffaella is the best thing that ever happened to me. It gives me peace of mind, she understands me when I make a mess."

That's a good quality, and Mario needs Cesare Prandelli to be understanding as well after Italy's boss left him out of the team that lost a friendly to USA citing his poor behaviour.

Mario tells Gazzetta: "I was very disappointed. I often say in the locker room: Barcelona? Real Madrid? For me the most fascinating shirt is that of my national team.

There is a code of ethics and I accept it, although I don't think I deserved it, I had done nothing wrong

"I sent an SMS to Prandelli. I assured him that I feel calm and I'm training well. Then I said thank you once again, because he always had confidence in me."

He was just as polite to the Trafford Centre security staff who tackled him because his hoodie was covering his face, reveals a Mail exclusive by Chris Wheeler.

The Mailman reports: "The controversial striker chose to leave rather than take off his hood and risk being recognised after he was told he was breaking the rules by hiding his face from the CCTV cameras.

"The strict 'no hood' policy was explained to him first in English and then Italian before he left on amicable terms, joking with staff that he will return in disguise next time."

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The mall told the Mail: "The gentleman decided that rather than take down his hood, he would prefer to leave the centre. He was polite and friendly throughout the encounter. (He) shook hands with our security staff and departed for his car."

Another striker smiling was Carlos Tevez (see what we did there?). As the Independent reports: "City supporters were treated to a sight not seen for 294 days – Tevez celebrating a goal.

"The Argentine, who last found the net against Stoke in May, scored the equaliser as City beat Bolton 3-1 in the Manchester Senior Cup in his first public appearance since September." 

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