Monday March 25 2019
Pirlo: Balotelli, look at Kean

Andrea Pirlo has advised ex-Italy teammate Mario Balotelli to take a leaf out of Moise Kean’s book. “He hasn’t wasted the confidence placed in him…”

Pirlo retired from football in 2017, ending his career in MLS with New York City FC, and the former Juventus midfielder admits he does not miss playing.

“I’m very well, I don’t miss having to train every day and I missed being able to stay with my family more,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“After 25 years as a player, I’m not anxious about finding another job right away. I still have to think about what to do.

“I’d feel good in this Italy midfield. There are three quality midfielders and one mission: to play football, always. Also against Finland: in a word, I’d call it modern.”

Kean marked his full Italy debut with a goal against Finland on Saturday, while Balotelli was overlooked for the international break…

He put himself back into play and, in my opinion, contention for the national team,” the 39-year-old said of the Olympique Marseille striker.

“if he really accepts he has no more excuses, that alone would be a good sign. However, in the meantime it’s right that we call up Kean, given his performance in Udine.

“He hasn’t wasted the confidence placed in him and when he plays, he often scores goals. He offers a lot.”

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