Balotelli was benched for Milan's draw with Lazio on Sunday.
Montella said: "I don't think Milan have changed that much under Seedorf since Allegri. The players are the same.
"They are moving forward with a plan, maybe even a long term one.
"I don't know Balotelli personally, but he seems a nice person. He is a player who can decide games at any time.
"I hope tomorrow he doesn't play and is rested. If I could choose he wouldn't play!"
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