"Balotelli is a wonderful footballer," he said.
"Having seen him live for the first time on Saturday, he is very powerful, very skilful. He takes the ball in under pressure from people and likes to get them turned.
"When he is in full flow he is very quick and strong, can hold defenders off, he is a good finisher.
"People question his temperament but I would have him in my team if I had the opportunity.
"He was very popular in England at Manchester City, he is young, he has so much ahead of him in his career."