Mario Balotelli’s transfer to AC Milan is now official. Upon departing Manchester, Balotelli has paid tribute to City in an emotional farewell. He said:
For sure I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters. They are the best, they were great with me and I will always have a very special place in my heart for City, it’s a great club with a great future. I thank them for all of their support of me. Maybe one day we will see each other again.
I think to win the Premier League was a very special moment, and I am proud to have been a part of that. And the 6-1 win at Old Trafford was also a big moment in my life. I know what that meant to the supporters, the joy it gave them. To have scored in that game and been part of that history will always live with me.
Yes, I said goodbye to everyone at the meal in London before the game at Queens Park Rangers. It was a very emotional for me. I spoke with Roberto before I went to speak to the players. We spoke for some time about lots of things. He was sad, and I was too. But it was a good conversation. I love Roberto, he has been very important for my career, and I will always thank him for having trust and faith in me.
Being at City was an important part of my life and career. I needed to grow up like a player and as a person and it has been a very good experience for me.
I will remember, too, the song that City fans had for me. It was special for me and I always liked to hear it. I hope they can still sing it sometimes still, even if I’m not there. Someone told me the fans sang it at QPR; that is nice.
I will always be interested in Manchester City and their fortunes. I really hope that City can win the league again this year and beat United. I think there are great players at the Club and a great manager too. The club will be very successful in the future and that makes me happy.
Balotelli’s City career has had it all: flashes of brilliance, moments of madness but I wish him all the best for the future. Watch the below video for all of Mario’s best moments during his time at City (I apologise for the song on the video. If you have a mute button, use it).