EXCLUSIVE: Luigi Simoni Insists Calcio Will Go On Without Inter Starlet Mario Balotelli

The ex-Nerazzurri coach describes 'Super Mario' as a striker with potential, but still an unknown quantity...
Mario Balotelli appears on the verge of a move to Manchester City, and former Inter boss Luigi Simoni spoke to Goal.com regarding the potential departure of the Italian starlet to the English Premier League and claims that Calcio will go on without the exciting goal-scorer.

"It's hard to judge this," he suggested.

"Anyways, I'm very sorry for a guy like Balotelli, but if he leaves I am convinced Calcio will still go on without him."

The Citizens will reportedly dish out €30-35 million for the Italy Under-21 goal-scorer and Simoni believes that is a fair estimation as he explains the temperamental star still has to prove himself.

"It's the right price for me. Now we will have to see whether it would be a positive or negative deal for City. If he plays to his potential, City have a deal, if he doesn't play as he is capable then City have spent a lot of money," rationalised the 71-year-old.

"Certainly the boy has unique qualities, but sometimes can go looking for trouble. Personally, I feel that players like Balotelli are uncertain. Think about [Diego] Forlan and [Dirk] Kuyt who are true professionals.

"Maybe they are not quite like Balotelli, but with some players you always prefer never to take chances."

Nonetheless, Simoni is confident that Serie A has not seen the end of 'Super Mario' should he move to Eastlands, whether it be for the national team, in European competition, or maybe one day a return to the top flight in the peninsula.

"At the start the departure of Balotelli seems like a bad loss, but I think we'll see him again in Italy," he concluded.

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