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Italy coach Giampiero Ventura discussed Balotelli at today’s press conference and didn’t close any doors.

Giampiero Ventura spoke at a press conference today about why Mario Balotelli was not called back into the Italian national team, despite his superb form for Nice;

“As a player there is no question about Balotelli. I said before that there would be no foregone conclusion on his place in this squad. The pressure to select Balotelli came because he has finally come back into form and starts scoring, but now he needs continuity to get a place back in this squad. “

Balotelli’s form has been crucial in Nice’s surge to the top of Ligue 1, scoring six goals in five games so far since his free transfer from Liverpool over the summer. Italy will take on Spain in a crucial game in their attempt to qualify for the next European championships


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