Saturday May 9 2020
Balotelli to Chiellini: 'At least I'm honest'

Mario Balotelli slammed Giorgio Chiellini after criticism in the Juventus defender’s book. ‘At least I’m honest enough to say things to people’s faces. Who knows what you’ll say about your current teammates…’

Chiellini presented his new autobiography with an interview in La Repubblica newspaper, in which he singled out the two players who had crossed the line: Felipe Melo and Balotelli.

He referred to his former Italy teammate as “a negative person” with a bad attitude who showed a lack of respect for the squad during the Confederations Cup.

“At least I have the honesty and courage to say things to people’s faces,” replied Balotelli in an Instagram Story.

“You had so many opportunities to do that since 2013, to behave like a real man, but you didn’t do it. Who knows what you’ll say one day about your current teammates, you strange captain…

“If this means being a champion, then I prefer not to be one. And I never showed a lack of respect towards the Azzurri jersey.”

Chiellini’s ex-Juventus teammate Felipe Melo also sent out an immediate response to the criticism in the autobiography, which goes on sale next week.

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