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Prandelli urges Man City firebrand Balotelli to clean up act

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli admits he wants Mario Balotelli to clean up his act.

The Manchester City striker has continued to court controversy off the pitch.

Prandelli said: "When I called him up in August, I gave him a talking to that could be summed up like this: 'I'd like people to talk about you more for what you do on the pitch than what happens off it.'

"He replied: 'I'm working on that.' But when I was told he had gone to visit a women's prison with his little brother, I thought to call him, seeing as I was also in Brescia that day.

"I called and started off with: 'Mario, are you in prison? Would you like me to visit and bring you some oranges?'

"All joking aside, the truth is that Balotelli still needs to grow up."

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