Prandelli praises AC Milan for their management of the striker.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed he is delighted with the way AC Milan have managed Mario Balotelli since his arrival in January.
The 22-year-old returned to Italy following a stint with Manchester City, and has excelled at San Siro with coach Massimiliano Allegri placing him at the heart of the club’s new project.
Balotelli has revelled in his new found responsibility for both club and country, and has been tipped to have his most productive season yet in the upcoming campaign.
However, what has pleased Prandelli the most is the way he has been able to settle in Milan, and he praised the Milan coaching staff for their ability to help develop his talent.
“Mario is the kind of player who needs to be left in peace. Either way, Massimiliano Allegri and the people at Milan have managed him very well,” Prandelli told Corriere dello Sport as reported by Goal.com.
“I have been quite fortunate with the coaches Mario has had so far. They have all done a good job to manage him the way they did.”
The Italian international has also improved his temperament, although he is frequently targeted by rival defenders in a bid to test his discipline.
Nevertheless, Prandelli believes that Milan are in a good position to win the Scudetto ahead of the new season, as they are likely to benefit from the fact that they now have a settled squad compared to last year where they started from “year zero”.
“Milan start this year as a team whereas they had to create it from scratch last year and had to overcome the difficulties that that situation created,” he concluded.
The Rossoneri’s first test sees them travel to newly promoted Hellas Verona on the weekend of August 24/25.