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Italian also reveals he has never faced a team like Stoke City before but believes Roberto Mancini's men only need to worry about their own form and not their rivals

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has a reputation of being a difficult character and has admitted he does not even listen to his parents, but one man whose opinion he does value is Patrick Vieira.

Balotelli has frustrated many players and managers in his short career and has previously highlighted Roberto Mancini as one of the few people that he will listen to.

However, he has now revealed that his French team-mate is another person whose views he respects.

“If you tell me things one or two times, I understand because I am not stupid,” he told The Sun.

"Patrick Vieira is one of the people I listen to most here in Manchester but I don't even listen to my parents sometimes."

Manchester City face Stoke in next weekend's FA Cup final at Wembley and the 20-year-old says the Potters are like no team he has ever faced before.

“I have never come up against a team like Stoke before," he added.

"They have a certain way to play and it is really difficult to play against them.

"But the quality of our team is almost the same as Inter Milan and before games at Inter, we always said we only needed to think about us.

"It is the same here. We don't have to think about Stoke, United or Chelsea. We should just stay calm and do our job."

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