'I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for Mancini' - Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

20-year-old Italian has vowed to change his ways and says next year the club's fans will see more from him after injuries disrupted his start to life in the Premier League

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli says he is only playing in England for Roberto Mancini though he has vowed to change his ways and justify his price-tag.

Balotelli was signed by City manager Mancini for £24 million in the summer and has so far failed to live-up to his transfer fee, though says he is trying to improve his attitude.

“I’m trying to change. I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for Mancini. He’s really important to me.

“I started to play in Serie A under [Mancini] so I have to give to him a lot,” the former Inter striker said in an article in The Mirror.

“Also I’m trying to change some of my behaviour. On the pitch sometimes I have not behaved badly, but wrongly.

“I respect everybody but ­sometimes when I lose the ball I go back to the other player, but sometimes I lose the ball and I don’t follow him.

“Now I’m starting to do all these things because Mancini is very important for me.

“I have to listen to him and if I want to become a big player, I need to do stuff I don’t like.”

Balotelli has a reputation on and off the football field for being a ‘bad-boy’, but says he is nothing like the trouble-maker he is made out to be.

“Do you know how many times I park the car and there is a queue of cars and they give a parking ticket only to my car?

“I don’t know if it is because they want to talk bad about me. I don’t know why. But one day it’s going to change, I hope.

“I think I’m a normal guy of 20 that loves football, loves his family, loves his friends.

“The one thing I have different from the other guys my age is I have money, but money is not really important for me.

“My life was difficult but the more important thing is when your family and your friends love you and stay with you – that’s the really important thing.

“People say: ‘Oh Mario, he thinks only about money and he’s lazy’ and everything. Because I drive a Maserati. But if you are 20 and you can buy a Maserati you’re going to buy one, aren’t you?

“I don’t think I’m bad because I own a Maserati or a Q7 or because I have 10 parking tickets outside San Carlo.”

Despite failing to hit the heights expected of him this season Balotelli believes if he gets a full pre-season under his belt and stays injury free he will be much better next season.

“This year was not really good because when I came here I was injured, then I played some games, and was injured again so I’ve been a bit unlucky.

“But next year I will try and I’m going to improve my performance."

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