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Balotelli says he is happy in England with Man City

Mario Balotelli has moved to dismiss ongoing claims that he is unhappy in England and looking to return to Italy.

The former Inter Milan striker is becoming a key figure for Manchester City with a number of important goals in recent matches, mainly a double in the 6-1 hammering of title rivals Manchester United, and he has made it clear he is enjoying his time at Etihad Stadium amidst claims he wants a Serie A return.

"How much do I miss the Serie A? Zero. I'm too happy to be in England," said Balotelli.

"The Italian league has dropped much. The Premier League is beautiful and I play in the strongest English team. I want to stay there.

"Premier League-level football has taught me so much - to run, chase the ball or to press when I lose the ball. Now I'm playing more regularly and this has given me more security."

But Balotelli has kept the door ajar to one day head back to his homeland with Milan being the preferred destination.

"Where would I like to play in Italy? In Lombardy (the region of Milan)," he added.

"If one day there is the basis to return to Inter Milan I would do. But it would need to be a team with big ambition. For now, however, I'm not thinking about leaving the Premier League.

"AC Milan? I like them, they're a top club. They've had great players and some are there now. They are players with whom I'd like to play. How close was I to AC Milan? I don't know, only my agent knows."

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