Friday, 13 August 2010

[Mercato] Balotelli joins Manchester City

Mario Balotelli has left Internazionale and signed for Manchester City for a reported 28million euros.

Balotelli, who turned 20 on Thursday, has penned a five-year contract with the English Premier League club, reuniting him with the coach who gave him his Inter debut in 2007, Roberto Mancini.

"I think that Mario is one of the best players of his age in Europe, and I'm very happy to be working with him again," said Mancini.

The transfer to the City of Manchester Stadium completes a memorable week for the player after he made his Italy debut in a 1-0 defeat by Ivory Coast in London on Tuesday.

Having started his career with Lumezzane, Balotelli joined the Nerazzurri in summer 2006. In his first two seasons at San Siro, Balotelli won the Scudetto twice and the Italian Super Cup and was a regular in the team which completed a historic treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League under Jose Mourinho last term.

In total, Balotelli scored 28 goals in 86 matches for Inter.

Source: UEFA

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