Inter legend and vice president of the club Javier Zanetti sat down with CNN World Sport to talk about controversial strikers Mario Balotelli and Mauro Icardi.
Javier Zanetti, who was Inter’s captain when Balotelli was at the club under Mancini believes Mario can still “have a great career”
“With Mario, we accomplished very important things. I think that when he was with us, he was very young,”
“Surely he still has a lot of things to give. I hope he is going to find the correct path, because he can make an amazing career.
“Mario wasn’t aware of his qualities and he realized too late once he was out of Inter. Mario is a guy that everybody loved, everybody here tried to protect him because we knew that if we did, he could have a great career.”
Zanetti hopes that Inter’s top scorer Mauro Icardi will go on to stay at Inter, with rumours in the media stating he could be moving to a Premier League club this summer with Chelsea heavily linked.
“Icardi is very young, he has a lot of potential and he’s a great striker. He has a bright future on the horizon and hopefully he will stay on this track,” Zanetti said of his fellow Argentine, who has scored 20 goals in 37 games this season and is joint top in Serie A with 15.
“I believe that in this squad, he has a crucial role to play and I’m sure it’s going to be like that in the future as well. We need to protect him, we need to teach him. He needs to realize he’s at a great club like Inter Milan and by doing this he will always do better.”