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The controversial 21-year-old Italian admitted that he needs to improve his discipline and focus on football career in an interview with former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli has admitted he needs to mature after a controversial start to his Premier League career.

The 21-year-old Italy international, who signed for the Blues from Inter Milan back in 2010, has scored 17 goals in 34 appearances and has produced a number of impressive performances under manager Roberto Mancini.

However, Balotelli has often been targeted by the media for the wrong reasons, including incidents such as setting off fireworks inside his home last year as well as recently being fined by the club for breaking a curfew before City's 2-0 win against Bolton at the weekend.

Yet in an exclusive interview with the BBC, conducted by former Oasis man Noel Gallagher, the forward admitted his mistakes and spoke out against his critics.

Balotelli said: "I don't like when people talk about my business or my life. 

"I'm really private. Maybe someone thinks I'm arrogant or something but it is just me.

"I don't care, they [the media] can say what they want. I just walk in town like a normal guy. I go to the pub. Not to drink."

He went on to say that while he is still young, he believes he is maturing all of the time, praising the management of boss Roberto Mancini for keeping him in-line.

He added: "I'm 21, so I'm still young. I think from last year, already I'm bigger [older] in my head.

"If Mancini wasn't here, I never come here. If Mancini says something, he's right."

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