Saturday February 22 2014
Prandelli on Rossi, Balo and Berardi

Cesare Prandelli reiterated Italy trust Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli, but it’s too early for Domenico Berardi.

The Azzurri boss spoke to journalists at a charity event in Florence and discussed the on-going absence of Rossi.

“He is greatly missed by both Italy and Fiorentina. We will wait for him until the final day, because he deserves that.

“Rossi is a humble, modest, hard-working lad with great moral qualities as well as technical ones.”

While Pepito tries to recover from January’s knee injury, Balotelli was named as one of France Football’s top 10 ‘bad boys’ in the sport’s history.

“Mario is a good guy and very generous,” assured Prandelli. “Of course, at times he gets into trouble of his own making, but he is always under pressure and it’s not easy to be in that position continually.”

Prandelli was seen in the stands at several Sassuolo games recently, fuelling reports he was watching Berardi.

“I already expressed my opinion a while back. He only recently restarted his path with the Under-21 side and will not be taken into consideration until he has completed that journey.”

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