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The Argentine has been in the headlines as
much for his relationship as for his goals, but
insisted that he had little in common with the
Milan striker.

Inter striker Mauro Icardi has rejected
comparisons with AC Milan's Mario Balotelli,
insisting he's not the "bad boy" people think he

The 22-year-old, who was made Inter captain
by Roberto Mancini this season, has courted
controversy with his off-field behaviour before.
His relationship with Wanda Nara - the ex-wife
of former Sampdoria team-mate Maxi Lopez -
caused a storm in Italy.

Similarly, Balotelli has been dogged by criticism
for his behaviour throughout his career so far,
with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani stating the
player was on his "last chance" upon his return
to San Siro this season, but Icardi says the two
are nothing alike.

"In this talk about 'Icardi the bad boy', which
people turn into Icardi and Balotelli, I simply
don't recognise myself," he told GQ .

"I never hung out with him, I don't know him at
all. Zero. And I don't think there are any

"The fact is that I live in a very normal way, in
spite of what people think.

"I know I'm a public figure and I behave
accordingly, but I'm not interested in gossip.
That's part of other people's lives, not mine.
"I have few friends, because in football
everybody goes their own way. You never have
the time to create a bond, you always move on
too quickly."

Icardi has scored twice so far this season for
Inter in Serie A, while Balotelli has yet to net
following his season-long switch from

Milan are at home to Napoli in the league on
Sunday, while Inter travel to face Sampdoria
earlier in the day.

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