Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/17/14

PALO ALTO, CA - JULY 19: Mario Balotelli #45 of Inter Milan looks on against Club America during the World Football Challenge at Stanford Stadium on July 19, 2009 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Manchester City star Mario Balotelli has admitted spending the early hours of Friday morning in a strip club, but insists he has grown up this season. Balotelli continues to make news on and off the field, hitting the headlines almost as often as he hits the back of the net. The 21-year-old has made a big impact on the Premier League this season and is into double figures for title-chasing City, something he puts down to an improved effort on the training ground. "This year I have already scored 14 goals and a pair of penalties, and the intensity and effort I put into training this year, are not comparable to last season," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I have grown up, I have understood certain things." Balotelli's latest controversy saw him pictured leaving a strip club less than 48 hours before their Premier League clash with Bolton. The Italian retained his place in the starting line-up and even scored in the 2-0 win, but afterwards his boss Roberto Mancini confirmed hi...
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