MILAN, ITALY – MAY 14: Mario Balotelli of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 14, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

The sky is also blue and water is also wet.

Mario Balotelli, whose club future is in question let alone his future with the Italian National Team, was told the pretty blatantly obvious by new Azzuri coach Giampiero Ventura.

“In terms of his character, he could do much better. The fact he’s not playing at Milan, that Liverpool have abandoned him, means that he is at a crossroads,” Ventura told the Italian press today.

“The few times that Balotelli has really wanted to be a footballer, he has shown his quality. I have no prejudice, but his football must do the talking.”

Balotelli has been linked with a move to Serie A club Sampdoria, and hasn’t made an Italian National Team appearance since 2014.

The new Italian boss, who will be in charge until the 2018 World Cup, also had some choice words for striker Graziano Pelle, who did make the Euro roster and soon after the tournament made a lucrative move to China.

“Players need to have a desire to win, going to a lesser league doesn’t help in that regard,” Ventura added.

“As for Pelle, apart from his missed penalty (in the Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat to Germany), he had a positive campaign. But China is far away. Let’s see why he moved.”


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