Liverpool Striker Mario Balotelli has been told by Paulo Di Canio to sort out the ‘demons in his brain’ if he is ever to fulfil his potential at the highest level.
The £16 million signing has been accused of being more focused on a celebrity lifestyle than being a footballer by his Italian compatriot.
The former Manchester City man has had an inconsistent career, making the headlines for the wrong reasons during his time at Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Balotelli only managed one goal in 16 appearances in the Premier League, and Di Canio warned the24-year-old to sort out his attitude.
“Talking as a manager, my view on football is you need to understand what it means to play with and for your team-mates,” the Italian told TalkSport. “You need to show empathy in good moments and bad moments. It doesn’t look like he is doing this.
“Many managers have tried to change him. Mancini was his father in football but even he now doesn’t want him back at Inter.
“Mourinho understood at the beginning. He is a very good reader of players and he saw that you can’t change this guy. Now he is nearly 25, he needs to change himself. He can’t rely on other people to help him.
“The demons are in his brain. He is still young, physically he is strong, he is an incredible natural athlete, but he has never used his big potential.”