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."