Mario Balotelli has world class potential but must learn to listen to his coach according to Inter captain Javier Zanetti. Speaking with Gazzetta dello Sport, Zanetti said: "Mario has technical and physical qualities beyond the norm.

"He has world-class potential and it would be a shame to waste so much talent.

"Balotelli must understand that Mourinho's words are a sign of affection and not meant to discourage him.

"Jose has one objective and that is to improve him and take him to the highest possible level because that is also in the club's interest.

"But in football today you need to work hard and at the age of 18 you need a hard-working attitude. There are many example to follow at Inter."