Straight from the dark heart of Italy
No man is received as a prophet in his own land, so the homily goes.
The way events are supposedly unfolding, Mario Balotelli is set to be dismissed in Italy as someone frittering away their talent only to be hailed as a star turn in England.
For someone who cannot hold down a regular place for his team and seems unlikely to figure from the start when Inter face Juventus at the weekend, the 19-year-old still has a knack of making headlines.
Most of them he would prefer not to be plastered over the front pages.
Like “Anti-Balotelli chants will see Olimpico closed” in reference to the chorus of abuse Juventus fans have aimed at the player in recent games - with racist undertones.
Or like “Balotelli booted out” – the suggestion that the youngster was dropped from the squad for last weekend’s game against Fiorentina because he turned up late for training after a night at a Brescia nightclub.
It seems the young fellow can do no right whether he's playing or not – and now it seems that he cannot wait to escape the goldfish bowl of his homeland.
Where better to fit in and become one of the crowd than in London, and where better to launch a new career than under the guidance of a coach famous for nurturing young talent?
This is, of course, where Arsenal and Arsene Wenger come in.
It is the sort of two-and-two any football fan would put together, so it's no surprise that Juventus mouthpiece Tuttosport went with the flier in the build-up to the most emotionally-charged weekend of the season.
The Turin-based daily must be dancing with glee that their mischief-making not only had everyone taking a nibble but swallowing it hook, line and sinker, especially the bit about the 20 million euro offer price and Cesc Fabregas thrown in for good measure.
As any Londoner may or not say: “Are you having a laugh?”
Certainly Inter would love to have Fabregas in their side – but then so would Barcelona and Real Madrid, along with any club in Europe.
The genuinely worrying aspect is that all the speculation surrounding Balotelli could well become a self-fulfilling prophecy and he will walk away from Italian football as a snub to its ingratitude.
You couldn’t blame him for holding a grudge, what with even some of his own fans claiming they wouldn’t even mind if he moved to AC Milan – the team he apparently supported as a youngster.
He'd certainly have no qualms telling Jose Mourinho he was off: the pair have a relationship more in keeping with the evil step-father and an unwanted adolescent hanging around the house from the previous marriage.
There may be few tears if the prodigy left for pastures new, but in the long run Italian football would probably end up sobbing if the best player of his generation makes the most of his talent far from these shores.
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Let him come 2 arsenal and use that his fiery temper 2 score goals 4 us. He will get balls passed 2 him in positions that he can score 25 goals this season
He's defintiely an enigma wrapped in an enigma. Great with the ball at his feet, he kinda reminds me of van Persie. But being 6ft plus, you'd expect the fella to like heading the ball, ecept he takes corner kicks and free kicks.
But Wenger loves to tame a wild child and will definitely jump at the proposition to nuture such a talent. But Inter will be reluctant to sell so I think a loan is the best option for both parties, seing as van Persie is out.
I don'tknow why Baletoli is trying so hard to impress the Italians. Yes he was adopted and raised there but I don't think he owes them anything.I believe his adopted parents will not insist that he plays for Italy as a way of paying them back. Whether he likes it or not he is a blackman, a Ghanaian and he should be proud of that. We are a proud people and a proud nation and are always willing to welcome our kinsmen home. We love ourselves and humanity.Forget about those racists.Hey brother you are one of us and you will realize your full potential by playing for Ghana. Though a staunch supporter of Chelsea,I will advise that you leave for Arsenal FC in England. That will be a big boost you.
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