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AC Milan boss Allegri praises Balotelli for TIME snub

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is delighted with the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.

The former Manchester City firebrand surprised many by opting against going to New York for the Time 100 gala after he was named one of the most influential people in the world, as it would interfere with his training schedule.

"I want to underline the wonderful and very professional choice Balotelli made," said Allegri. "Since he has been at Milan, he has behaved very well, it's just that anything he does hits the headlines."

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