Mario Balotelli has leapt to the defense of AC Milan, insisting that the club is turning its season around.
Massimiliano Allegri was ousted as Rossoneri boss earlier in January after being unable to guide the Italian giant out of the bottom half of the table following an awful start to the 2013-14 Serie A campaign.
Balotelli, who only joined Milan from Manchester City a year ago on Friday and yet has been linked with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks, thinks that the team is gradually improving under new boss Clarence Seedorf and says that he is satisfied with life at San Siro.
"I am happy to play for this great team, especially in difficult moments," the Italy international told the club's official website. "Because anyone can get through easy times. It’s in the difficult ones that it’s tough to get the best out of yourself.
"Now we find ourselves in a better situation compared to a while ago, as we are slowly pulling ourselves out. I am truly happy to be here, I've had a wonderful year with the Rossoneri and hope to continue like this."
Balotelli has set Milan the goal of securing European football for next season with a top-five finish in Serie A and also hopes his debut World Cup with Italy is a success.
"What do I want from this season?" the 23-year-old striker mused. "I hope we can reach a Serie A position that will allow us to play in Europe and above all to beat Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
"As for the World Cup, we’ll see in the summer. I hope for the best, as it will be my first World Cup and it’s the most important tournament for any player."
Seedorf's side currently sits ninth in Serie A, only five points shy off fifth-placed Inter.
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