Thursday January 20 2011
Prandelli backs Cassano

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli doesn't believe Antonio Cassano will make any more mistakes in his career.

Prandelli stood by Cassano when Sampdoria asked that his contract be rescinded in October.

The 28-year-old didn't play for two months and Prandelli couldn't pick him for Italy.

Cassano has since joined Milan and is making a good impression at San Siro.

"He feels a great responsibility because he is becoming a father," Prandelli said.

"He feels a great responsibility for his family and I don't think he will make any more mistakes.

"Actually he should do more Press Conferences because he is very likeable.

"During the thing with Samp I called Antonio. It's in my nature that when everyone is against someone, I naturally align myself on the side of the person who is being attacked and that's what I did for Antonio.

"I didn't call him up to the Italy squad for as long as he was out of the team at Sampdoria. Now he is playing and we are monitoring him.

"If he has a certain amount of continuity then he will be called up for the next game."

Prandelli was then asked for his thoughts on Mario Balotelli's progress at Manchester City.

"I was very clear with Balotelli. I told him that everyone recognises his extraordinary qualities and that I hope we talk about him for what he does on the pitch and not off it.

"He needs someone to advise him, some people to accompany him along the way. He says what he thinks and doesn't always say it in the right way."