Demetrio Albertini has urged former club Milan to keep Mario Balotelli at San Siro for as long as possible.
The striker’s future has been cast into doubt in recent weeks following the words of his agent Mino Raiola.
The latter has stated that Italy is unlikely to be the striker’s last stop and he last night suggested Chelsea could be a possible destination at some point.
“If I was a Milan director who signed him then I would keep a tight grip on him,” the Italian Football Federation Vice-President told Uno Mattina. “I would not sell him.”
Balotelli remains a controversial character who is often in the headlines for his actions in and away from the game.
“Mario is a personality,” Albertini added. “He’s a great talent, but he makes the front pages for negative things.
“Balotelli just needs to be left alone and he needs to learn to trust only those people who love him.
“We need to get to the stage where we are only talking about him for what he does on the field of play.”
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