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The controversial striker has made a big impact since returning to Italy and is feeling like his former self once again

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli says he is almost back to his best.

The former Manchester City player was on the scoresheet again for his new side, netting the winner with a sublime free kick to secure all three points against Parma on Friday night.
 
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Balotelli has now scored four goals in his first three games for the Rossoneri and feels he is playing close to his best football again.

“I am playing at a consistent level and nearing my best form," he told Sky Sport Italia.

The Italy international also revealed what he said to M'Baye Niang before lining up the match-winning free kick.

“I had already missed two free kicks. But I said to him that if I missed his one, he could have a go," he added.

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri was full of praise for his new striker and not only for his decisive goal but for keeping his cool despite being the target of some tough tackling from the Parma rearguard.

"Balotelli scored a great free kick. Balotelli this evening suffered many fouls, but, his reaction was good, " Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think the club have made a very good buy with Mario, at a decisive moment in the championship.

“We are making a big comeback now and I am happy with the players.

“Niang worked very hard for the team tonight too. He is very young, but has helped out a lot in all areas.”

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