Balotelli’s agent raps English football for letting the Man City hitman leave

Mario Balotelli may have enjoyed a chequered career with Manchester City, but the player's agent, Mino Raiola insists the exit of the 22-year-old forward is Italy's gain and England's loss.

Mario Balotelli may have enjoyed a chequered career with Manchester City, but the player's agent, Mino Raiola insists the exit of the 22-year-old forward is Italy's gain and England's loss.

"In England they'll regret Balotelli for a long time, Raiola told Sky Sport Italia. "He is an extreme talent. England has only seen 50 per cent of what he can do.

"Balotelli is a cultural asset. We have decreased by 50 per cent the value of the Premier League and improved by 50 per cent the value of Serie A.

"All journalists in England are sad but the important thing is that we have brought a top player back to Italy.

"This negotiation was very difficult. It seemed to fail six or seven times in the last 60 days, especially because of journalists.

"Manchester City's owners were also not convinced they wanted to sell Mario. But we worked step by step.

"Mario's return is a positive sign for all Italian teams. We had to be calm and balanced - and we were. We thank Milan for believing in this deal at a very difficult time economically.

 

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