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Mancini says Balotelli should be playing for Italy

Sat 31 October 2020 | 2:14

Mario Balotelli was taken by Brescia at the end of last season, and the queue of takers for the former Italy striker is gone

Roberto Mancini

has expressed his sadness at seeing

Mario Balotelli

go from being Italian football's golden boy to the odd man out.

Balotelli

followed

Mancini

to

Manchester City

, where he showed his talent but his stay was tainted by off-field discussion and claims about his behavior like he is without a club at the age of 30.

Mancini

said of

Balotelli

: "I am very sorry to see him in this condition. At the age of 30 he should be in full technical football maturity and would have been very useful to the national team.

"I love him and I hope something good always happens to him."

Balotelli

has been in several clubs since leaving

Brescia

at the end of last season and said earlier in October that he would join a new team "in a few weeks".

Mancini

may already be looking to life beyond his Italy role, as an international boss: "I find it hard to feel like a coach, I don't like this life very much. My favourite thing is to coach every day."

Mancini

, 55, also expressed concern about the state of football during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"COVID is destroying us," he said. "If it were up to me, I would already send more crowds to the stadiums, perhaps well distributed among the various sections."


source: SportMob