MARIO BALOTELLI has said he would have run to Milan to sign for his boyhood club.
The controversial Manchester City striker was last night back in Italy completing the formalities of his move to AC Milan.
The 22-year-old arrived in the city in the afternoon and was swamped by reporters and fans as he was taken to a clinic for a medical.
There had been no official confirmation from the Serie A club by early this morning that Balotelli had formally signed the four-and-a-half contract the Serie A club had lined up.
But that did not stop their website publishing photographs of the player wearing a Rossoneri scarf and giving other details of his arrival.
Balotelli briefly spoke to the Milan Channel after landing at the city's Malpensa Airport, saying: "I'd wanted to play for Milan for such a long time.
"Obviously I played for other teams and couldn't come. But when there was the chance, I ran."
Balotelli was also presented with a team shirt bearing his name and his squad number, 45, the same number he wore at first club Inter and City.
Milan vice-president and chief executive Adriano Galliani, who accompanied Balotelli on the flight from England, said: "I certainly do not have to introduce Mario Balotelli.
"It is a dream come true and something that we all wanted, with the president Silvio Berlusconi at the forefront.
"With the arrival of Mario, we have strengthened our team a lot."
City and Milan are reported to have agreed a price of around £19million for the Italian, rising to £22m.