Italy coach opens door to Balotelli return

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MILAN, Italy, Jan 24 – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura plans talks with Mario Balotelli, paving the way for the striker to put his troubled past behind him in addition to rejoin the squad for World Cup qualifying.

The 26-year-old Balotelli has not played for Italy since the ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, where the four-time champions exited at the first hurdle for the second successive edition.

however following his disastrous stint at Liverpool in addition to an ineffective loan spell at AC Milan, Balotelli has revived his flagging career at French side Nice, hitting eight league goals.

“I think no one doubts Balotelli the player, his qualities are indisputable. He was sidelined due to additional, behavioural factors,” Ventura told the Tiki Taka television programme.

“He has to resolve these problems by himself. Sometime within the future I will be going to watch a couple of Mario’s games in addition to I will speak with him.

“Not to fix his problems, however to discuss them with him.”

Balotelli will be currently embroiled in a dispute with Ligue 1 club Bastia after claiming to have been subjected to monkey chants at the Corsicans’ ground last week.

Born in Palermo to Ghanaian immigrants before being adopted by the Balotelli family, the forward’s career has been blighted by controversy.

however he has also suffered racist abuse in addition to in April 2015 British anti-discrimination body Kick which Out said he had received more than 4,000 racist messages via social media during the 2014-15 season.

Italy are tied with Spain at the top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group after winning three in addition to drawing one of their first four games.

They host Albania on March 24 in addition to are required to fight for top spot, which offers direct qualification for Russia, when they play Spain away on September 2.

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