Saturday September 3 2016
Verratti: 'Happy for Balotelli'

Marco Verratti says he is 'happy for Mario Balotelli' and wants 'a winning national team'.

Before the 23-year-old midfielder claimed that title for himself, Super Mario used to be Italy's greatest footballing promise, but his career spiralled out of control.

On from a transfer to Ligue 1 club Nice, many are waiting anxiously to see whether the striker will return to form and stardom.

“I haven't heard Balotelli,” Verratti told the Press. “But I am happy for his decision. Nice is the right club to reboot his career.”

The Paris Saint-Germain playmaker then went on to discuss his position within the Azzurri.

“The role I play in is not important. What matters is doing what the Coach [Giampiero Ventura] asks of me so I can do what's best for the team. I do like Ventura's way of understanding football.

“I want to be part of a winning Nazionale, but for now let's just think of one game at a time.”

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