Balotelli has been heavily criticised in the Italian media in recent weeks.
"Only in difficult moments do you see real men. It is our duty to prove ourselves now. We owe it to ourselves, the club and the Rossoneri fans.
"It is a delicate time, but our challenge is to emerge with heads held high and get back to winning ways by always playing up to Milan standards.
"I want to be the team's leader again. After some mistakes, it is time to score goals, without ever stopping."
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