Balotelli: “The eyes of the world are on me, I’m happy here”

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MARIO BALOTELLI says he can’t do things people his age do and both he and Abate refuse to talk about the market.

The January market is getting closer each day and there are voices suggesting that the places Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate, who are both represented by Mino Raiola, are not certain and they could leave either in January or next summer.

Balotelli’s first months with Milan after the move from City were a big success as he helped them finish in the top 3 but like the rest of the team, he’s struggled so far to impress; however, the controversial striker believes the goals will arrive.

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“This is an important evening for Milan and for the Milan Foundation and we are really happy to be here,” Balotelli said yesterday. “I, like the rest of the players, am a good person but a stand out. I don’t live this situation as a normal person, because in the world of football you can’t commit mistakes and can’t do the things that other people my age do.

“The eyes of the world are on me. I’m not the same person I was a few years ago. It’s been a few games since I’ve scored, but in some of those matches I’ve played better than the matches in which I scored. The goals will come back. Going away from Milan? I’ve always said that I don’t think about the future. I’m thinking about now and Genoa and not the transfer market. I’m here at Milan and I’m happy to play here.” Balotelli, 23-years-old, has scored five goals this season thus far.

Abate and Valentina DelVecchio (left), Niang, Birsa, Balotelli (right) at the Milan Foundation event (source: Milan’s Instagram account)

Abate also spoke the charity gala: “Kaka is vital to us. Let’s hope that he will give an important contribution from now until the end of the season,” he said. “My goal for Italy at the San Siro was satisfying, but that’s now in the past. Saturday we play Genoa and then we have another tough test on Tuesday against Celtic. We need to arrive at these matches prepared.

“There is no difference between the Balotelli in the national side and the one here at Milan. Balotelli did really well against Nigeria on Monday. Let’s hope that he will also be decisive with the Milan jersey. My focus is Saturday and Genoa. It doesn’t seem to me to be the right moment to talk about transfers and I’m not interested. We want to climb up the table as soon as possible. When you play with the national side you motivate yourself in the same way. The same applies for Milan.

“At this moment in time we can’t think about our position in the league, but instead take it one game at a time, trying to achieve a string of good results.” Both Abate and Mario are expected to be on the starting team against Genoa on Saturday.

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chrisrossoneri

I hope that abate will stay!!!

Juninho

I don’t.

chrisrossoneri

ok you believe that santon is better than abate??????

dejan10

I’m with you Juninho. If he runs up the wing like a headless chicken, can’t cross and can’t defend what’s he good for? I don’t mind keeping him though as long he stays on the bench.

phillmicester

dejan10 u my boi an all but he wasnt a headless chicken against germany doe tell me hes old okay but skill wise he top class speedster 4 m3

Godmilano

@juninho and @dejan10,abate is very much compatible to milan system,the only thing can be done if everyone want abate with juve then we should buy player like coentrao or someone very good and then field de scig on the right full back position….but i dont think that will be too good…

Juninho

Abate has Militophobia.

Milanista121

Abate should definitely renew his contract, and probably Mexes as well.
Balo combined very well with Rossi alongside him, and I don’t see why he wouldn’t combine well with El Shaa who shares pretty similar charachteristics as Rossi. In Italy Diamanti played behind the front two, we have Ricky. Now imagine Kaka playing behind Balo and El Shaa, you guys can say whatever you want, that Allegri doesn’t play champagne football, but with these three combining with each other, no matter who the coach is – it will be a spectacle.
Or maybe I’m just a dreamer… 🙂
Forza Milan!

Kourosh

With the form Honda is in right now, he should be able to lift us up one or two level just by himself from January on.

Hell even Robinho was real solid in those two international friendlies. One goal and two assists, not bad at all.

phillmicester

now self matri goin an get loan in jan

arber

The eyes of the world are on me…is this some kind of joke??????
Abate in my opinion should stay….
SIlvestre,zaccardo,muntari,urby,(robinho),balotelli,zapata,matri should leave…
We need bad reinforcements in defence (3-4)
Give more playing time to Saponara,Pacifico,Cristante,Gabriel,Niang
Bring 1 decent CF to help EL92,and – or bring Petagna back

phillmicester

what u smoking on bro

Godmilano

exclude balotelli,muntari,zapata…..and i am voicing same like you…when we r getting no goals with matri,then we should better use petagna,it will atleast give him playing tym + will make him experienced…

alluallu

A 4-2-3-1 would be the best formation in January

Igor Akinfeev

Abate-Rami-Mexes-De Sciglio

Montolivo-De Jong

Honda-Kaka-El Shaarawy

Baloteli

dmextamicheall

nice formation but not sure Allegri will cos he will prefare mutari forza milan

inittowinitMILAN

who else thought that abate and birsa looked exactly the same in the picture?

phillmicester

i dont want abate to go but if he does i want santon or kolorov at lb and de seglio can be at rb again

Massimo

I know it’s pretty random to say…

But I’ve been following for a while now Dede from Cruzeiro… Beast defender… Could grow a lot in Milan I believe.

Sanoske

Abate is better Dan santon a million times ova

phillmicester

santon have yrs to prove himself still abate is geting old lets be real

Milanetto

Mangala/Indi/Doria/Zouma/Balanta/Umtiti/Del Fabro are the CBs Milan should target.

Milanetto

Now Milan are reportedly(CDS) willing to sell Balotelli to chelsea for only 30m. BS… wont happen!! Except if the offer was 30m+Lukaku! Don’t sell Balo!!

ladon

We all know that Matri will be the one to replace Balo if he is sold. Galiani and Allegri has single handedly destroyed Milan.

arber

For 30€ Balo can definitely leave if you aske me
with that money you can buy Lewandowski or Giezmann
Lukaku isnt better that Balo, or get Neilton of Santos and Pato Back

arber

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Milanetto

His agent denied all that talk and said SES is happy at Milan and doesnt want to leave.

Jibola

The power tussle in the management is even more problem than what we have on the pitch, so many names are linked with Milan for the top management posts.

Milan have won a lot with this current structure and a change is imminent now, football has moved to the next level while Milan still live on past glory. Barbara is right and hopefully she gets the restructuring right.

Milan fan

Santon IS better than Abate,all aBOT does is run for a second or two as a headless chicken and pass back. 30 mil. for a living problem like Baloteli are great.

Sanoske

Lmao…u don’t say…So from crossing..to Abate cnt defend….Its sad Cs smtimes I feel sorry for the visually deformed its so sad

King Milan

Zapata looking good for his national side and you people find he is the problem in our defense in ac milan,I see Zapata lock out Benteke,Lukaku and even the dutch players this week while Mexes didn’t even get a game for his national side..

Milanista121

Mexes has quit the french national side, that’s why.
He said he only wants to focus on Milan, and let the younger ones get a chance to prove themselves for the national side 🙂

EllO

Balo out .. He is very good player but we need player who wants to play as much as possible ..and Balo would raher play once in week ..and when he is tired he making up troubles that he gets banned for some matches ..sure when we need him alot .. That kind of player can tolerate only very rich clubs that have another 3 quality strikers like him. I would change him for Cavani,Benzema or Falcao if it was possible .. even Lukaku or Chicarito would be great of course they would have to pay us something back.

King Milan

You know if balo start scoring nun stop goals,YOU SAME PEOPLE WHO SAYING BALO OUT GONNA BE RUNNING UP IN HERE SAYING AM GLAD WE NEVER LET YOU GO BALO,BALO,BALO OUR HERO ETC…ONE SET OF UNGRATEFUL FANS ON THIS BLOG..WHY YOU ALL WASN’T SAYING THAT LAST SEASON WHEN HE CAME IN TO LIFT US UP TO 3RD PLACE…I AM KING MILAN (I SUPPORT MY AC MILAN PLAYERS IN THE TIMES OF GOOD AND BAD UNLIKE MOST OF YOU WANNA BE FANS)

Hondanori

@arber Do u know wat u are talking about??? Do u think Balo is better dan Lukaku??? I dont think so, Balo has everytin it takes to be better but his mafia antics wouldnt let him be free on d pitch. Look d way Lukaku takes every game as if he has a lot to prove, and dats wat i expect from Balo… Watch in matches were Balo wants to prove a point(against Nigeria and in the CL) u see him playing like a monster, and dats wat Lukaku does all d time. I would trade Balo for Lukaku any… Read more »

Mainz

A lot of pip needs to leave milan galliani n allegri need to go at d same time,followed by fringe players n milan unreliable scouts

I think Milan should close their eyes and bring out 20m for Dede,that guy is a beast,may be taller than Dante,perfect in the air.Abate and Mario should stay,Sell Zaccardo,Constant,Zapata,Silvester,Bonera and get Santon,Muntari,Nocerino for Song or Alonso,even Monty for Veratti,Matri loan and sell.

Juninho

DEde beast???????? do you really watch this guy play?

Alessandro

I hope Balo gets to next level.

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