Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the new manager has revealed that the Italy attacker—who hasn’t always given employers 100 percent commitment in the past—has improved his efforts as he realises that he won’t have too many offers of employment should things not work out in Lombardy.
“The important thing is that he plays every single game for the team,” Brocchi—who replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic earlier in the month—began. “I don’t need someone who just runs when he has the ball at his feet.
“I’ve found Mario to be eager, he promised me that he’d give everything,” he continued. “In the past he knew he would have other options, but now he knows he doesn’t have any more.”
25-year-old Balotelli is enduring a testing campaign with the Rossoneri, having moved to the club from Liverpool on loan at the beginning of the campaign.
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He hast started just four times in Serie A, and while he has made a further 12 showings from the bench, a return of one goal and one assist is a poor return for a player who, in principle, has such an array of footballing qualities.
Having steadily returned to fitness following some serious injury concerns—the ex-Manchester City hitman didn’t feature between the end of September and mid January—the forward appeared sharper and much improved in Inter’s defeat by Juventus last weekend.