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Balotelli: I want to play with my brother in England

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Enoch Balotelli has spent most of career in the Italian lower divisions © Getty Images
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Enoch Balotelli, the younger brother of Italy international Mario, has revealed how he dreams of playing alongside his brother - in the Premier League.

Although he does not expect, nor want, any favours based on being the AC Milan striker's brother, the 20-year-old believes both he and his sibling are suited to playing in England, and that they could one day be on the same team.

"My dream is to be able to play alongside my brother," Enoch, who currently plays for Italian lower-league side Vallecamonica, told Italian magazine Chi .

"That's what I always dream about, only not in Italy but in England. We left our hearts and many friends behind there and it's a life which, in terms of football, is absolutely ideal for us."

Mario often attends Enoch's matches, arguably drawing more attention than his brother on the field, but Enoch insists he does not expect any favours climbing the footballing ladder.

"Mario's going his way, and I'm going mine," he added.

"I've never had any favours, otherwise I wouldn't be here playing in the lower leagues. If I'd received favours of any kind, I very much doubt I would be playing here, but people are always insulting me for that and my skin colour. I just pretend I don't hear them and I never react.

"In footballing terms, I am and I always will be in [Mario's] shadow. I've never had a real opportunity -- something which could change my life."

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