Thursday March 20 2014
‘I don’t want Balotelli at Napoli’

Former Napoli striker Giuseppe Savoldi has warned the Vesuviani against trying to sign Mario Balotelli.

Amid Milan’s recent crisis, attention has centred on the 23-year-old and whether or not his long term future remains at San Siro.

Whilst one former Napoli great in Diego Maradona has suggested a move down to the San Paolo would suit everyone, Savoldi is in disagreement.

“I will be very clear. If I were a Coach, I would never want a player like Balotelli in my team, he would not fall into consideration,” the 67-year-old, who scored 55 times during the 1970s for Napoli, has explained to Tuttomercatoweb this week.

“He has always done well in the first three to four months in a new team, and then afterwards returns to be the player that we are seeing now, that we all know now.

“He has no consistency, and I do not think he can be a player for Napoli.”

Savoldi was asked of Napoli’s hopes this midweek to turn around a 1-0 first leg defeat against Porto in the Europa League Last 16.

“Can they do it? Definitely yes, Napoli have the quality, especially in attack, to hurt the Portuguese and win the game.

“It is important, however, that behind that the team defend better than they have done during the season.

“Numbers do not lie and if the defence had conceded fewer goals then now we would be talking about a Napoli in a very different position in the table.

“Even so, I have faith in Benitez’s team.”