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Man City boss Mancini: I can turn Balotelli into world best

Roberto Mancini says he can turn new Manchester City signing Mario Balotelli into the best player in the world.

Former Inter Milan striker Balotelli joined Manchester City for £22million last night.

Mancini said: "In one or two years he will become one of the best players in the world. He will be very popular with our fans.

"Balotelli in England could be fantastic and I don't think he will have a big problem here. He can play right wing, first striker, second striker. He's fantastic.

"He's only 20 but he is a strong character and a good guy."

Balotelli was the subject of racist taunts during his Serie A playing days and many of his problems are believed to stem from that.

Mancini added: "He has not always behaved so well - but he's a good man."

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