Antonio Conte: 'I can't change Mario Balotelli'

Italy coach has warned the controversial striker

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Italy coach Antonio Conte has admitted that he doesn't have the time to change Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli was called up by Conte for the international week, but was forced to pull out after suffering a hamstring injury.

Conte has sent out a warning for the controversial forward over his future at international level, saying that it is up to Balotelli to change his ways.

The striker has failed to hit the ground running since joining Liverpool, scoring just two goals in 14 appearances, and he is yet to open his account in the Premier League.


"I'm not so arrogant as to claim that I'm different from the great coaches, but the past tells us that they failed to change Balotelli," he told Raisport.

"It'll be up to the player, but I don't have much time and I need certain things."