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Thursday September 3 2015
Balotelli: 'Always in good shape'

Mario Balotelli said he “has always been in good shape” after scoring on his Milan debut.

The former Liverpool striker took just three minutes to find the net in a friendly against Mantova, then provided an assist for Andrea Poli.

“I have always been in good shape and put in the maximum effort like everyone,” SuperMario told Premium Sport at half-time.

“I am happy to have scored a goal and provided an assist. I want to win this game, because I don’t like losing.”

At the break, the scoreline was 2-2.

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Thursday September 3 2015
Buffon: 'Balotelli must decide now'

Gigi Buffon said it’s “up to Mario Balotelli to decide what he wants to be and where he wants to go.”

The striker returned to Italy on loan at Milan from Liverpool and is hoping to recapture his place in the Azzurri squad too.

“It’s always the same comments over and over again with Mario,” Italy captain Buffon told Rai Sport.

“We know his potential, what he has done and what he could yet do.

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Thursday September 3 2015
Balotelli passes MilanLab tests

Mario Balotelli's tests at MilanLab reveal he's in the same condition as he was when he left Milan, as the striker works towards regaining the Azzurri.

SuperMario's return to the Rossoneri was among the most discussed transfers in Serie A this summer, as the player formerly considered the strongest forward in Italy couldn't find a team to pick him up.

Balotelli's international ambitions have never been a mystery and it's widely believed that he will be aiming for a spot at Euro 2016 next year.

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Wednesday September 2 2015
Conte: 'Subs still ok for Italy'

Antonio Conte adjusted his warning that those who don’t play for their clubs won’t be called for Italy, including Mario Balotelli.

The Coach had pointed out this week that he’d find it difficult to call up players who spent most of their club careers on the bench.

“This time we’ve had only two Serie A rounds, so I had to call players based on their performances last season,” noted Conte in today’s Press conference.

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Tuesday September 1 2015
‘Balotelli radically different’

Adriano Galliani insists Mario Balotelli ‘has changed radically’ since returning to Milan this summer.

The striker has often been criticised for his work rate and behaviour in the past, but the Rossoneri CEO told Sky he has changed since returning from Liverpool.

“He has an extraordinary attitude, he’s changed radically,” Galliani revealed.

“He’s the first to arrive at Milanello and the last to leave. Mihajlovic often wants the players to have breakfast at 8.30, and he’s always there before 8.

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Monday August 31 2015
'No future for Azzurri, but Balo...'

International veteran Cesare Prandelli has mixed words on the Azzurri: 'I see no future for la Nazionale, but Mario Balotelli has really grown'.

The 58-year-old was at the helm of the Italian national team for the successful Euro 2012 expedition, in which he reached the final, and the disastrous World Cup 2014, which saw him crashing out at the groups.

In an interview with Radio Anch'io Sport, the Coach revealed a deep pessimism about the national team's prospects.

“It's hard to see a future for la Nazionale,” he said.

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Saturday August 29 2015
Bacca: 'Right Milan attitude'

Carlos Bacca felt Milan had “the right attitude, but must improve the quality” after beating Empoli 2-1.

The Colombian broke his Serie A duck with the team’s first shot on target this season, while Luiz Adriano secured the winner.

“Milan faced this game with the right attitude, but we must improve the quality of our football,” Bacca told Mediaset Premium Sport.

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Saturday August 29 2015
Galliani: 'Balotelli early, Witsel difficult'

Adriano Galliani praised Mario Balotelli, locked down Philippe Mexes and said Axel Witsel “wants Milan, but it’s difficult.”

The CEO spoke to Mediaset Premium Sport ahead of tonight’s Serie A match against Empoli at San Siro.

Balotelli is on the bench after returning from Liverpool on a one-season loan this week.

“He was given a warm welcome by his teammates. He turned up on time and was even early, so I’m thinking about giving him the keys to Milanello. He can open up for the rest of us,” smiled Galliani.

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Friday August 28 2015
Milan call Balotelli and Kucka

Mario Balotelli and Juraj Kucka are in the Milan squad against Empoli tomorrow, but Alessandro Matri is out.

It kicks off on Saturday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

New signings Balotelli and Kucka are thrown straight into the mix for this Serie A game and could make their debuts.

However, Matri is left out ahead of a probable move to West Ham United.

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Friday August 28 2015
Conte on Balotelli and Giovinco

Italy Coach Antonio Conte is open to a Mario Balotelli recall, plus tracks Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo.

Balotelli moved to Milan this week on a one-season loan after a dismal spell at Liverpool, so hasn’t featured for the Azzurri since the 2014 World Cup.

“The same is true for him as everyone else. The doors of the Nazionale are not closed to anybody,” declared Conte today.

“It’s up to Balotelli now to earn his place with his performances and behaviour.”

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