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Controversial Italian had appeared to have pushed Roberto Mancini's patience beyond breaking point with his red card against Arsenal but declares that he anticipates remaining

Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli expects to stay at the club after their Premier League triumph.

The controversial striker has been heavily linked with a summer departure following his red card against Arsenal on April 8, with manager Roberto Mancini appearing to lose patience, but he returned as a substitute in Sunday's title-sealing 3-2 win over QPR.

Balotelli has become something of a cult figure since his arrival from Inter thanks to his on- and off-pitch antics but the striker wants to be less of a focus with a longer stay at the club in mind.

"Too many people talk. Too many people speak about me bad. And now they need to shut up. That’s it," he told Sky Sports after the match.

"Man City is a great club, it’s a great team, great team-mates. I don’t see my future far from here, so I think I will only be here."

The Italian was involved in the crucial final goal, Sergio Aguero's 94th-minute winner to seal a stoppage-time comeback from 2-1 down, and he hailed City's resulting title glory as a deserved achievement.

"This proves we are the best, that’s why we won. We didn’t play very well [for the] last few games but [over the] rest of the season we played good so we deserve to win."

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