Italy coach Marcello Lippi is unhappy with the attitude of some towards the nation's young players.
But Lippi says: "I am especially sorry for Santon, but I am not worried and will not put my beak into club affairs.
"Balotelli has great quality and I have to say I really like today's youngsters, they are children of their time.
"It is wrong to think they ought to be the same as those of 20 or 30 years ago. I don't like them being referred to as 'big babies.' If we want to discuss it, then we need to touch on all the other problems in Italian society."
He added: "We must consider that people of a certain age hold important roles and they don't want to make way or prepare for the succession to the throne.
"When in 2006 I left the Azzurri bench, I held many conferences in universities. I really enjoyed that experience with the kids, as they are young, but already mature."