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Man City striker Balotelli: I now know who Arsenal midfielder Wilshere is

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli insists he's a big fan of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Balotelli claimed earlier this season he had never heard of the England international after pipping him for Tuttosport's Golden Boy award.

But he told the Mail on Sunday: "'Look, I really do want to get this across, since you are going to write something.

"I was asked about Wilshere and I didn't know much about him and the media turned it into a big thing. But now I want to say something else. I watched Jack Wilshere when Arsenal beat Chelsea and you know what? He is fortissimo", a really strong player. He is very good. And Arsenal are serious contenders for the title."

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