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Balotelli insists his bad-boy days are over

Mario Balotelli says he has put his bad-boy image and crazy days behind him and is relishing his new-found maturity.

Controversial Manchester City striker Balotelli has been involved in numerous incidents on and off the pitch since joining from Inter Milan in a £24million deal 14 months ago.

Balotelli, whose numerous scrapes include throwing darts at youth team players, a training-ground brawl and failing to attend City's FA Cup victory parade, insists he has finally grown up.

Four goals in as many games and no yellow cards in his eight appearances so far this season would seem to endorse Balotelli's claim that he has learned to control his petulant and destructive side.

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