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Stoke striker Arnautovic admits being close to Balotelli

Stoke City striker Marko Arnautovic admits he's close to former Manchester City madcap forward Mario Balotelli.

The pair became friends at Inter Milan.

"People have put me on Mario's level and say I do stupid things," he told the Daily Mail, "they are always searching for something. If I dropped a water bottle, it's like I've dropped a bomb. Everything was a big drama.

"English people didn't have a good experience with Mario in the same way. I have to say he's a very good guy.

"The thing is with Mario, he acts without thinking. He just does stuff. That's his problem.

"When Mario says: 'I'll buy a car today', 10 minutes later he buys one. He doesn't think if it's good or bad. He just does it.

"He wants to help people. He is a friend. I speak to him a lot but every two or three weeks he changes his number. So I've lost touch with him since I came to Stoke."

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