AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri dropped a hint that his side would move for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in the January window when speaking to the press before last night’s tie with Zenit St. Petersburg.
Balotelli’s future at Manchester City is once again under speculation as Roberto Mancini has started the Italian in only on of the last eight matches and spoke recently about how he feels sorry for him as he doesn’t understand the importance of his career.
Allegri echoed Mancini’s concern as he spoke glowingly of the 22 year old last night saying, “He is an important player with extraordinary physical and technical qualities.
“I believe, however, given his qualities, he threw away a few years of his career.”
Milan have been linked with a move for Balotelli since his time at Inter Milan when he created controversy by being pictured in an Inter Milan shirt, and Allegri feels that he could thrive alongside Milan’s current leading attacker Stephan El Shaarawy.
“I think they have done good things with the Italian national team,” he said. “But I want to talk about AC Milan and the players I have. Then, in January, we will see what happens.”
President of the club Silvio Berlusconi has also spoken of his desire to sign the Italy international, and responded to a question about the reality of signing him by saying, “No, it’s not a dream. I never dream.”
Manchester City host Manchester United on Sunday as Mancini looks to make up the three points on their city rivals at the top of the Premier League.