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Mancini: Balotelli more than goals

Italy CT Roberto Mancini has warned Mario Balotelli that ‘in addition to scoring and playing well, he must behave well.’

Mancini has called up 35 players for a two-day training camp, with the squad consisting of mainly youngsters, and he urged Serie A sides to use Ajax as the blueprint.

“We’re trying to carry out a shared vision,” he said at a Press conference.

“Being able to give the teams a certain attacking mentality is a positive thing. We hope to succeed together.

“The younger national teams are growing a lot and doing well. The problem is when young people get to the first team and find it hard to play.

“We talk a lot about Ajax, but for three, four or five years they didn’t win anything. They play young players and believe in them, even when they make mistakes.

“If players have talent, it’s only a matter of time.”

Balotelli has scored seven goals for Olympique Marseille since arriving from Ligue 1 rivals Nice in January, but questions marks remain over his temperament according to the former Inter boss.  

“Balotelli knows that in addition to scoring and playing well, he must behave well,” he added.    

“On the field, those who are always at risk of being sent off are a problem. If they hear us call Chiellini and Bonucci elderly, they’d be offended.

“I believe we have some good, young defenders like Caldara and [Gianluca] Mancini, plus we have two or three in the Under-21 squad.

“We don’t have any problems with defenders and goalkeepers.”

Finally, the 54-year-old was asked about Max Allegri’s war of words with Sky Sport Italia pundit Daniele Adani.

“After a match, a Coach can be tired…” he concluded.

“it can happen, it’s nothing serious. Eventually football was talked about. Opinions expressed by others must always be accepted.

“It’s not a problem, but I can’t speak for others.”

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