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New Italy coach Roberto Mancini opens door for Nice striker Mario Balotelli's possible return

Posted: 16 May 2018 Time: 11:00

New Italy coach Roberto Mancini has revealed he will "definitely" consider bringing Mario Balotelli back into the national team set-up.

The Nice striker has not represented his country since the 2014 World Cup after falling out of form and favour with the Azzurri.

READ: Mancini named new Italy head coach

However, with Mancini having coached Balotelli during the pair's time with Inter Milan and Manchester City, the 53-year-old says he is open to lifting the forward's international exile.

Speaking after his unveiling as the new Italy coach, Mancini said the media: "Mario [Balotelli] is an Italian player. We'll definitely talk. He's one of those players we should take a new look at."

Mancini faces a tough task in rebuilding the Italy team following their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals, although the coach seems up for the challenge.

"Amid such a difficult period, I thought this could be the right time (to take the job)," he added.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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