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A mature Balotelli?

ESPN staff
March 2, 2014
We won't see anymore of this from Mario Balotelli, apparently © Getty Images

In the latest edition of our favourite quotes from the sporting week, Super Mario is done with playing childish games, Samir Nasri falls in love and Roberto Mancini gets dinner-date envy.

" I really like the way he talks to me and made me feel important again. And after that I go out on the pitch and try everything because he trusts you"

After revealing that Manuel Pellegrini has made him feel wanted at Manchester City again, Samir Nasri clearly just wanted to be loved by Roberto Mancini.

"Whilst England are considered to disappoint at major tournaments, further embarrassment could be avoided "

This is the statement given in a petition to ban Tom Cleverley from playing at the World Cup for England. How must he feel?

"If I can't put it together in the next 12 months, I will finish"

Phil Taylor after his first Premier League win. Surely he'll put it together.

"I'm Samuel Eto'o. I really don't care"

Samuel Eto'o shrugs off Jose Mourinho's "joke" about his age.

"Manu is under contract and unless the man is Bill Gates, he couldn't afford the transfer fee"

Leicester Tigers chief Simon Cohen on reports linking Manu Tuilagi with a cross-code switch to Salford.

"We just need now to keep calm and do what we have been doing"

These are the words of Kolo Toure. We don't need to say anything else.

"My fellow players are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in. That forces me to adjust my runs, based on the position of my fellow players. Unfortunately, they're often playing in my zones. I think that's a shame."

That is a shame, Robin van Persie. Maybe if everyone gave you the freedom of the pitch you'd score from eight yards...

"After the match, the three of them can go out for dinner together"

Roberto Mancini won't be joining Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder if they decide to have a catch-up with Jose Mourinho.

"Watching France at the moment is like watching clowns at the circus"

We know one country Jeremy Guscott won't be holidaying in this summer ...

"I've matured a lot in the past two years and I don't think my conduct's a problem anymore"

These could be some famous last words for Mario Balotelli

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