The Azzurri coach spoke on Thursday of the case of Mario Balotelli, still without an employer since his departure from Brescia.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini regretted on Thursday that striker Mario Balotelli could not find a club at the mercato, because he could have been “very useful” at the Nazionale.
“I am very sorry to see him in these conditions. At 30, he would still be in his full technical maturity and would have been very useful to the Italian team, ”said his ex-coach at Inter Milan and Manchester City, during an online conference organized by the newspapers “Corriere dello Sport” and “Tuttosport”. “I wish him the best and hope that more good things can happen to him,” added Mancini.
Mario Balotelli (36 caps, 14 goals), whose last appearance with the Azzurri dates back to September 2018, joined Brescia last season, without being able to avoid the Italian club a relegation to Serie B, after his stints in Ligue 1 in Nice then in Marseille.
The Italian team, despite a brilliant qualification for the next Euro, with ten wins in ten matches, struggles a little offensively since the return to the League of Nations. In the absence of a scorer who would win, Mancini confirmed Thursday that he would continue to alternate between Ciro Immobile (Lazio Rome) and Andrea Belotti (Torino).
For the Euro, whose opening match will take place in Rome in June, against Turkey, the Italian coach also counts on AS Rome winger Nicolo Zaniolo, victim in September of a new rupture of the ligaments in the knee. “He has time to recover, I think he will be ready in March,” said Mancini.