Tuesday July 3 2012
Pirlo: 'I can talk to Balotelli'

Andrea Pirlo reveals he’d “bring Mario Balotelli to Juventus straight away. I know how to talk to him – in Brescia dialect!”

The midfielder was asked on Sky Sport Italia whether he’d support recent rumours Juve are interested in signing Manchester City hitman Balotelli.

“I’d bring Balotelli to Juventus straight away. We have had no problems and I know how to talk to him,” said Pirlo.

“We are both from Brescia and when we are playing for Italy we speak in a tight Brescia dialect.”

Curiously, Pirlo, Balotelli and Coach Cesare Prandelli are all from Brescia.

“There has been no problem dealing with him in the locker room. People need to be close to Balotelli, but at Euro 2012 he behaved very well. I’d happily have him as my teammate in Turin.”

The 33-year-old midfielder was Italy’s star of the tournament and is already looking ahead to the next challenge.

“I hope to have the strength to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”

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