Italy coach Ventura remains wary of calling up Balotelli

Despite two months of solid play with Nice, Mario Balotelli hasn’t made his way back onto the Italian national squad.

Since transferring to Nice on deadline day, Balotelli has scored six goals in six French league appearances.

However, the former Liverpool and AC Milan forward is not included in Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein and a friendly with Germany.

Ventura says he has no doubts about Balotelli’s skills and abilities but adds: “You can’t think that in two months somebody has changed who they are.”

Ventura did say he plans to talk with Balotelli about a possible return to the national team next year.

Ventura says Toronto FC attacking midfielder Sebastian Giovinco was left out because he “plays in a league that doesn’t count for much.”

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