AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has paid tribute to former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

Balotelli often had bust-ups with Mancini while at City.

"Mancini was the most important Coach in my career. I respect him and am thankful for the opportunity he gave me at Inter. I wanted to play more at Manchester, but there were five strikers and it was difficult to play all the time.

"I didn't express myself to the full there, even if I put the effort in."

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