Redknapp wrote in The Sun: "Thereâ€™s no doubt Balotelli is talented, but he has a very long way to go before he can be considered world class.
"I once tried to sign him for Spurs before he went to City.
"But we wanted him on loan and Inter werenâ€™t interested.
"And thatâ€™s when I thought: â€˜If Jose canâ€™t handle him, what chance have I got?â€™
"Maybe it was a lucky escape because I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d have been able to handle the way he has behaved in England."