Pirlo wants Balotelli to join him at Juventus
Three goals and a series of impressive performances at Euro 2012 have certainly seen Balotelli make the headlines for the right reasons over the last month as the Azzurri made the final only to lose to Spain.
His fine form for club and country has led to speculation that he could leave Premier League champions City this summer with his agent outlandishly claiming the 21-year-old is worth £200 million.
Pirlo is undeterred, however, and with Juventus currently on the hunt for a star name striker as they prepare to defend the Serie A title and the 33-year-old believes the Old Lady should look no further than Balotelli.
“Would I take Balotelli to Juventus? Of course I would,” he said. “I’d gladly take him to Turin. Mario is a guy who needs you to stay close to him.”
Arsenal frontman Robin Van Persie has been linked along with City’s Edin Dzeko but Pirlo is adamant Balotelli should be high on Juventus manager Antonio Conte’s shopping list.
The former Inter Milan man is known for his volatile personality and has had two turbulent years at the Etihad Stadium finding himself on the wrong side of manager Roberto Mancini on many occasions.
However a increasingly focused Balotelli has begun to display a shred of maturity, owing much to the news that he is to become a father for the first time, and Pirlo insists he conducted himself superbly whilst on national duty.
“I know how to talk to him. We both come from Brescia and when we are in the national team we speak in dialect,” Pirlo said.
“There was no problem with managing him in our dressing room, indeed he was very well behaved.”