Capello surprised AC Milan took Balotelli off Man City hands

Russia coach Fabio Capello was surprised Manchester City sold Mario Balotelli to AC Milan.

Russia coach Fabio Capello was surprised Manchester City sold Mario Balotelli to AC Milan.

Speaking through a translator at a question and answer session at the Cambridge Union, the former England boss revealed his strong passion for English football.

He said: "When I found out that Milan were signing Balotelli, I thought it was crazy! But he has been playing brilliantly since arriving, he has had no problems with the referee and he can make a difference, as he has showed with four goals in three games. He’s great - but it’s impossible to manage Balotelli!

"With these players, like I had with Antonio Cassano myself you have to speak to them to explain exactly what they have to do before the game – but within five minutes they do whatever they want anyway!"

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