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Man Utd legend Neville: Balotelli no maverick, just an unprofessional footballer

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says the Premier League won't miss new AC Milan signing Mario Balotelli.

Neville wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "Plenty of people have been using the word maverick to describe Mario Balotelli after he left Manchester City to join AC Milan. It is a word that does capture his sense of individualism, his desire to stand out from the crowd. But to describe someone as a maverick, whether it's an artist, a rock star or a footballer, suggests to me that there is also a hint of genius about them.

"But the reality is that when Balotelli left last week, there was no hysteria or anguish that the Premier League was losing one of the game's great players, not even from Manchester City fans.

"For some people there was a sense of disappointment he had gone and that we wouldn't see his story reach a happy conclusion in England. But from what I've read from comments on the local newspaper's website, most are fairly pragmatic about his departure. Many say he had become more trouble than he was worth.

"Because Balotelli wasn't a maverick, he was an unprofessional footballer. Fighting with your team-mates and manager, getting sent off in crucial games, going out the night before a match and causing a disturbance the evening before a big game are all examples of that. Of course, he has talent. But if he was touched with genius, he would still be at Manchester City."

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