Wednesday June 4 2014
Zanetti convinced by Balotelli

Javier Zanetti is convinced that Mario Balotelli will be able to fulfil his potential once he has found the correct balance in his life.

The Milan forward attracted criticism for some of his performances for the Rossoneri this season but the former Inter captain remains convinced by the player’s talent.

Speaking to Tuttosport today, the Argentine said it would be shame if Balotelli cannot prove his detractors wrong and also discussed his former Inter teammate, controversial striker Mauro Icardi.

“Mauro has understood that, once you go in through the Pinetina gate, all you can think about is the group and Inter,” Zanetti said.

“We spoke often, I like to have dialogue and not silly episodes. Young people can make mistakes.

“Balotelli? I am convinced that when he finds a balance, he will do great things. It would be a shame if he doesn’t manage to do it.”

The 40-year-old also commented on the need within football to focus on the development of young players, but said he did not see himself as a Coach anytime soon.

“[Bearing in mind] the fact people talk more about controversies than the football being played, we need to return to the roots of the sports and learn what respect means.

“We need to put faith in youngsters. The ideal thing is to build teams that are a mix of players with experience and youngsters who can grow.

“Will I be a Coach? No, my wife advised me! In the family there is already my brother Sergio – I’ll leave it to him.”

Zanetti however is convinced that compatriot Esteban Cambiasso would be very well suited to a role as a tactician.

“I think Cambiasso would do well as a Coach, he is very intelligent which is necessary for that role.

“He likes to be on the pitch, he reads the game before others. He would have a great career as a Coach.”