'Mario Balotelli is a champion, but he must change his attitude' - Italy chief Demetrio Albertini

A note of sage advice from the former AC Milan midfielder, as he tells the 21-year-old Manchester City striker how to stay out of trouble and become more mature
Italy's Mario Balotelli has been described by Italian FA (FIGC) vice president Demetrio Albertini as a champion who needs to refrain from making mistakes if he is to become the reference point for his country.

Balotelli has been under the spotlight again this week after he was seen using an iPad during Italy's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Faroe Isles.

That incident was largely played down by coach Cesare Prandelli, who is still trying to build bridges within his team as they try to recreate the glory days.

However, Albertini, a former Italy international and AC Milan midfielder, feels the Manchester City forward needs to mature.

"We need to show Mario the luck he has and how he is in charge of his own future," Albertini told Sky Sport Italia ahead of Italy's Euro 2012 clash against Slovenia in Florence on Tuesday night.

"He is a very nice lad who behaves well within the Italy group, but sometimes he mixes up football with the media aspect.

"We know he is a great champion, but his attitudes are not ideal at times.

"However, he has time on his side and he can continue to develop his game on and off the pitch."

Balotelli could feature for Italy who welcome Slovenia to the Artemio Franchi. A win will see Cesare Prandelli's men book their place at Euro 2012.