AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has played down his bad boy reputation but says that he misses English football fans.

The 23-year-old swapped the Etihad Stadium for the San Siro in January 2013 after a headline-grabbing two-and-a-half-year spell in England.

Balotelli netted 20 Premier League goals during his time at City but it was often his off-field antics which hogged the headlines.

The Italy international has found the net 13 times in all competitions so far this season and he believes that his reputation is undeserved.

"Me, a bad boy? I would like to be more bad," he said in an interview with FourFourTwo.

"I miss England's fans, while I do not miss the food, or the weather, or the manner of driving a car.

"But fans of City, yes I miss them. But the AC Milan fans are fantastic too. Most of my memories about Manchester are happy because I enjoyed it there.