Balotelli is a free agent after being released by Brescia over the summer.
Mancini worked with Balotelli at Manchester City and Inter Milan and says: "I was not referring to him when I was talking about those who could not break through, but to the many guys that I gave debuts and in which I believed in, but who then did not reach great levels. I am very sorry, now he is 30 years old, he would be in the middle of football technical maturity, I am sorry that he is in this condition, he does not find a team, he has not done well in recent years.
"With the technical qualities he has he would have been very useful in the national team. I always hope something can happen for him, I love him, I saw him as a kid. Football gives a hand to the more particular ones, that is not the problem. A guy has to try to understand that he has the great fortune, that of playing football. It becomes your favourite game as a child, making the most of it.
"A career as a footballer lasts not long, apart from Ibra, it's been twenty years for him."
Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!