Football: Balotelli "needs work", says Italy coach

(AGI) Rome - Italian star Mario Balotelli "needs work",said the coach of the Italian national football team, AntonioConte, in a television  [...]

Football: Balotelli "needs work", says Italy coach
(AGI) Rome, Mar 6 - Italian star Mario Balotelli "needs work",said the coach of the Italian national football team, AntonioConte, in a television interview. While filming Friday'sepisode of "Grand Chiambretti Hotel ", presented by PieroChiambretti, the coach talked about many subjects, includingthe crisis at Parma and his future with the national team.Making his entrance to the television studio, Conte gave anumber 10 Italy jersey to Chiambretti and said: "I'm lookingfor a playmaker and you came immediately to mind". On the roleof Balotelli at the upcoming European Championship he said:"There is definitely work to be done and not only regardingBalotelli. I must try to make him understand a few things." Asked about his own future position at the national team, Contereplied: "I like to work. In my current position I see verylittle of the pitch and that worries me." And answering aquestion about coaching in the UK, he said: "I have beencontacted by a strong team but they have taken on a very goodcoach who was also a national manager (most likely van Gaal andManchester United.)" .