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Mancini - Mario Was 'Fantastic For Us'
Roberto Mancini won't have a bad word said against striker Mario Balotelli
Roberto Mancini: "I think that they are very close (to a deal).
"We are also so sad because Mario was an important player for us.
"He is a fantastic player but I think for him this could an important chance to go back to Italy and play for another top club like Milan.
"I hope he can continue to improve because he can become one of the world's best players.
"Milan started to talk to Manchester City in the last two days and they are very close.
"This is for Mario because we love Mario and he deserves to have this chance.
"It is difficult because I lost one important striker and that could be important in the next 14 games.
"But it is important for Mario - to be back in Italy, back with his family and to play for Milan.
"For me, Mario was like another of my children.
"Mario is this but you can be upset with him sometimes.
"The club told me they had this from Milan. I spoke with Mario and I think he wanted this.
"I think for him after three years in England to come back to Italy will be good for him."
Source: Manchester City MAD
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