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Italy, Mancini: ‘Balotelli will return’

Roberto Mancini has confirmed that Mario Balotelli will return to the National Team after a four-year absence.

The former Lazio and Inter Manager was confirmed as the new CT of Italy yesterday. and was presented at Coverciano earlier today.

Balotelli hasn’t played for the Azzurri since the final group game of the 2014 World Cup, but as Mancini launched Mario’s career it is expected that he’ll be recalled for the upcoming friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands.

Mancini spoke in his Press Conference about Balotelli.

“There are a lot of players in Italy, even in difficult times we can find players with quality. We’ll certainly talk with Mario and we’ll probably bring him.

“He’s one of those players who we’d like to see return to what we saw in the European Championships with Prandelli.

“There are a lot of players who can be very useful.

“As for Pirlo, we’ll have to talk to him and see what he wants to do”.

Italy face the Netherlands in a friendly at Juventus Stadium next month and it has been reported that the match will serve as a farewell to Gianluigi Buffon.

“We’ll talk with Buffon about the match in Turin. We haven’t had much time, I only got here yesterday.

“He and De Rossi gave a lot to the national team, we’ll talk to them to understand their intentions.

“When we start playing we’ll call those in the best condition”.

This is Mancini’s first international job and he was asked if he might struggle.

“I don’t think it’ll be a problem not seeing the players every day, I keep saying there are always good players, maybe it’ll take a bit of time but I think we can put a good team together.

“I don’t know if this will be my most difficult challenge, if you coach a club and you don’t win everyone is angry with you, here there are 50 million people.

“That’s beautiful too though, because if you win something important there’s huge satisfaction. It’s not an easy challenge, but nothing is easy.

“It’s difficult for everyone to agree with the CT, I don’t think it’s that simple. There are a lot of fans and everyone has their own opinion.

“We hope to win an important trophy with Italy. It’s hard to say right now how we’ll play, when we train together it’ll give me the opportunity to understand them better.

“I will adapt to their needs, their qualities, then decide what is best for the team.

“I won’t ask for training camps, but if we get the chance we’ll call some youngsters to get to know them a bit better.

“The players are travelling every three days though, it’s not that easy. I think B-teams are a good thing, I hope a lot of Italians will play.

“As for my staff, we haven’t had much time but it won’t be a big problem”.

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