The father of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli insists he wasn't always an AC Milan fan.

Balotelli has spoken openly of his love for the Rossoneri and wish to play for the Italian giants.

But his father, Thomas Barwuah, declared: "Mario says he's now AC Milan? Maybe he does not remember that as a child he was Juventus, like me, we played football together and I have always admired Del Piero because he is respectful and calm.

"It's a myth Mario is a big fan of AC Milan. For our children we teach respect for others. I told Mario, 'Do not quarrel on the field'."

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