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Redknapp likens Man City striker Balotelli to Man Utd legend Cantona

Former Tottenham star Jamie Redknapp has likened Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.

Balotelli hit a hat-trick in yesterday's victory over Aston Villa.

Redknapp wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: "Breaking news... we actually saw a smile from Mario Balotelli!

"The kid has looked as if he is being forced to play against his will. But that is eight goals in eight starts after his hat-trick against Aston Villa.

"He is a fascinating player, a bit like a young Nicolas Anelka or Eric Cantona with his swagger and sulks.

"He's a new enigma... and you just cannot take your eyes off him."

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