BalotelliThe mother of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has moved into a tough council estate made famous by TV show ‘Shameless’ as she attempts to re-build a troubled relationship with the son she gave away at the age of two.

Ghanaian-born Rose Barwuah, 46, moved from Italy to Wythenshawe in Manchester and is making ends meet in a rented property.

Her attempt seems to be working, as £120,000-a-week Balotelli has been seen vising the estate in his white Bentley GT, and taking his natural mother to the local shops or out for a drink in the local pub.The estate, where rents are around £550-a-month, is a far cry from the 21-year-old player’s usual haunts – he splits his time between a £3m mansion or a £975-a-night suite at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.

Balotelli was adopted as a two-year-old after his parents were persuaded by social workers to give him away.

The family were struggling to make ends meet in a cramped flat in Brescia, Italy, and Mario was recovering from an expensive operation to his intestines.

The future Premiership star would sometimes return to play with his younger brother Enoch, but the visits dried up as the boy got older.

When his natural mother moved to Manchester, the footballer angrily claimed she were just after his money.

But a neighbour told The Sun: ‘Mario has started coming round more often. He sometimes strolls to the shop for her.

“He has been friendly too and signed some kits. He has been to the local pub, The Tudor, and even put money behind the bar. It is lovely that he and Rose are close again.’She added: ”Rose is doing this herself to show it is not about money. This is the house she can afford. All she wants to do is to get to know her son.

‘Rose has settled in here. She works at Wythenshawe Market, setting off before 6am to put out the stalls for traders.’

Balotelli’s natural father Thomas is thought to be in Ghana, with plans to move to Manchester at a later date.

Rose’s daughter Angel, 13, has also moved to the UK with her mother.

Another neighbour told The Sun that Rose as a ‘religious woman who goes to church every Sunday.

‘All she has ever wanted was to rebuild their relationship and now it looks like her prayers have been answered.’

Daily Mail

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