The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Monday, 10 August 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Stuttgart 4 - 2 Man City

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 16:00

Friendly Match

Prandelli agrees with Mancini

Cesare Prandelli has urged Mario Balotelli to start listening to Roberto Mancini and does not believe a return to Italy is the answer to the striker's problems.

Last Updated: 17/12/12 at 17:24 Post Comment

Mario Balotelli: Told to listen to Roberto Mancini by Cesare Prandelli

Mario Balotelli: Told to listen to Roberto Mancini by Cesare Prandelli

Balotelli has played only a minor role at Manchester City this season and faces competition for a starting role from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko, while he will this week go before a Premier League tribunal as he fights a fine imposed by Manchester City.

Italy boss Prandelli is understandably keen for Balotelli to play regularly and is aware of reports linking the 22-year-old with a move back to Serie A.

But Prandelli thinks the best thing he could do is take on board the advice of Mancini, who has repeatedly told Balotelli to take on more responsibility and improve his mentality.

"Mancini is completely right: Balotelli really has to start listening to him. I'm with Mancini on this," Prandelli told Rai Sport.

"Now, everything depends on Mario. All a coach can do is try to motivate and encourage him. The desire has got to come from within the player.

"Would coming back to play in Italy help Balotelli? The most important thing is that he can start to play with continuity - it's not a question of in which city or in which country."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Di Maria joining bigger club - Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva believes Angel Di Maria is joining a club in Paris Saint-Germain that are bigger than any apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company