Mario Balotelli says a weight has been lifted from his shoulders following revelations that he had a fling with a prostitute linked to Wayne Rooney.
Balotelli the Manchester City striker, who has clashed with manager Roberto Mancini recently, admitted that his knowledge of the story had been a heavy burden.
Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, pre-empted embarrassing headlines by revealing details of a ‘brief involvement’ with Jennifer Thompson, who claimed in 2010 that Rooney had paid her £1,200-a-night for sex while his wife Coleen was five months pregnant.Mail Online said
The Italian newspaper says that Balotelli told his girlfriend Raffaella Fico and his adopted parents about the imminent story when they came to visit him in Manchester at the weekend.
It has been claimed that Balotelli had a liaison with Thompson in February, two days before scoring against Blackburn and revealing a T-shirt that said ‘Raffaella, I love you’, in Italian.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he added: ‘I know I must still learn to keep my private life separate from my profession. It’s not easy, but I have taken this step to free me from the weight of this story.
The 21-year-old is determined to fire City to the title and earn a place in Italy’s side for Euro 2012.
‘Now that this weight has been lifted, I am certain that I will find the positive energy to make the best run for the title with Manchester City, and prepare in the best way for the European Championship.’