Mario Balotelli Warned by Italy Coach Antonio Conte

Updated: 28 August 2014 15:32 IST

Mario Balotelli, Italy's most talented and most temperamental forward, transferred from AC Milan to Liverpool on Monday.

Mario Balotelli Warned by Italy Coach Antonio Conte
Mario Balotelli, Liverpool's latest recruit, will be a star attraction in EPL 2014/15. © AFP

Milan:

Mario Balotelli has some work to do to earn the respect of Italy coach Antonio Conte.

Conte tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he's not sure Balotelli's decision to move back to England is positive or not, "but I do know that whoever joins the national team must then deserve to stay there." (Also read: Balotelli glad to be back in England)

Balotelli, Italy's most talented and most temperamental forward, transferred from AC Milan to Liverpool on Monday.

Conte says "the man is more important than the footballer. ... Talent is secondary. First you've got to sacrifice yourself for the squad."

Balotelli was criticised severely after Italy was eliminated after the first round of the World Cup under Cesare Prandelli, who then resigned.

Conte, who led Juventus to the last three Serie A titles, is a strict disciplinarian.

Topics : Mario Balotelli Italy Liverpool Football
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