After holding a meeting with the 25-year-old, the Rossoneri boss says he has no doubt the striker can still prove a success at San Siro
Sinisa Mihajlovic has described Mario Balotelli’s behaviour as “10 out of 10” – but has warned he must still produce the goods for AC Milan.
The 25-year-old returned to San Siro on a season-long loan from Liverpool but has managed just 16 appearances – and three goals – as a result of injury problems throughout the campaign.
His only goal in Serie A came back in September and speculation this week has linked with Italy international with a possible move to China, with his career in Europe having seemingly stalled.
Mihajlovic, however, is confident Balotelli can still prove a top player for Milan after praising him for keeping his off-the-field indiscretions to a minimum.
“His behaviour has been 10 out of 10 this year,” he told Sky.
“I was blunt with him,” Mihajlovic added when questioned about a recent meeting between the pair. “I wanted to talk to him and look at him, because I’ve known Mario since Roberto Mancini gave him his Inter debut.
“He was a kid then. Many years have passed and he’s changed, too. I found a mature person, a man, not a boy.
“I wanted to look him in the eyes, and he gave me the right impression. The key thing is that he’s a good lad, and I really like him.
“He knows he’s made a lot of mistakes, he’s the first to admit that. It’s true that everything is amplified when it comes to him, but it’s also true that he brings a lot of that onto himself.
“He has to do more on the pitch, but he knows that as well and we’ve often talked about it. I’m certain we’ll succeed.”