However, he admits he's turned down the chance to sign the AC Milan striker this summer.
"Have I asked for Balotelli? No. Mario is a guy who I love. He is a good guy and a great player. I agree with those who say he is a prima punta.
"It also happened that I asked him to play out wide. But he is a forward who can shoot, is physical and has is strong in the head.
"I hope that he will find continuity in the World Cup. Also because the clock is ticking and he cannot go wrong much."
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