Asked about claims of homesickness, Balotelli said: "Sometimes I just had no wish to do anything at all, I’d shut myself inside my flat. Even Mancini’s sons were trying to get me to come out. It’s still early, though. For this year and one more I’ll stay at City, where I feel well.
"I live right in the centre of Manchester, in a modern building, with a splendid view. One day my brother Giovanni was in the street, looked up and said to his girlfriend, “How nice, Camilla. Look, they’re doing fireworks in Manchester.” But it was me, shooting them off from the ninth floor.
"The neighbours adore me, though. When I score they stick little congratulatory notes to my door. At Christmas they presented me with bottles of wine. But I do not drink."