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Mario Balotelli pledges Man City future

Balotelli: 'The Premier League is the highest level for a player, and is a league I enjoy.'
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Mario Balotelli has quashed talk of a move back to Italy by pledging his future to Manchester City.

The volatile attacker has been linked with a move back to Serie A following a number of high-profile incidents on and off the pitch.

The 21-year-old admits he loves his homeland but this will not tempt him away from the Etihad Stadium.

"I love Italy but I will stay at City," said the former Inter Milan striker.

"The Premier League is the highest level for a player, and is a league I enjoy."

Balotelli came off the bench in City's dramatic last-day win over QPR to set up Sergio Aguero's last-gasp winner to clinch the Premier League title.

The Italian has impressed on the pitch but often struggles to keep cool when things turn against him and he admits he must be more consistent.

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"In general, from a personal perspective, I can do better. I can and should do better," Balotelli said.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has included Balotelli in his Euro 2012 squad and the striker has promised to stamp out the off-field antics and let his football do the talking.

"It is a dream come true. The European Championship, together with the World Cup, are the most important competitions, and I promise that in Poland and Ukraine I will behave," he said.

"I cannot wait for it to start. I will give my best for the team and try to give satisfaction to the Italian people. We will be the revelation of the tournament."

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