Mario Balotelli wants to return to the Italian national team: “I’m happy with what I did, I just miss something at the national level”


The Italian striker stated that he would like to win a title with the national team.

The Italian striker stated that he would like to win a title with the national team.

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Italian striker Mario Balotelli declared this Monday that he is 鈥渉appy鈥 with what he has achieved in his career at the club level, although he confessed that he needs to achieve something 鈥渁t the national level鈥 and that 鈥渋t is never too late鈥.

鈥淚 am happy with what I did. I won everything at the club level, I just miss something at the national level. It鈥檚 the only thing I can regret but it鈥檚 never too late,鈥 he said in an interview with DAZN.

The striker, who plays for Turkish side Adana Demirspor, received a call last January from the Italian coach, Roberto Mancicni, to play matches with the 鈥楢zzurra鈥 after three years without being on a national team list.

However, the coach decided not to include him to play the crucial play-off, in which Italy is playing for its presence in the Qatar 2022 World Cup against North Macedonia, next Thursday in the semi-final and, in case of victory, against the winner of Turkey-Portugal on March 29.

鈥淭he last call was unexpected, it was really exciting. Now let鈥檚 hope Italy goes to the World Cup, then maybe we鈥檒l even think about winning it. Macedonia is not an easy team to play, don鈥檛 underestimate them, just like Turkey鈥, he stated.

鈥淢ancini is the coach I have the most affection for in my career. He made me debut at Inter, despite the many strikers there were. He had the courage to get me in and I don鈥檛 think all the coaches would have done it鈥, added the striker about the Italian coach.

Balotelli wants to go to the World Cup, but thinking further, the former Inter and Milan player revealed that he is in love with Napoli: 鈥淚 see it hard. If it wasn鈥檛 for (Aurelio) De Laurentiis (owner and president of Napoli), I would already have been in Napoli for ten years. I am in love with Napoli and I have told my representative, Mino Raiola, several times that I would have liked to play there鈥.

鈥淔inding talent would also be good, although I don鈥檛 rule out talking to young people to tell them about my career, what I did well and what I did wrong to warn them immediately. I have had many experiences and it would also be good because it could save them a lot of trouble. Or maybe I鈥檒l become a journalist,鈥 said the 31-year-old attacker.

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