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Prandelli admits to Balotelli curiosity
AFP
18:12 AEST Thu Jun 28 2012

Cesare Prandelli admitted he doesn't always understand errant striker Mario Balotelli but insisted it wasn't a problem.

Balotelli's club coach Roberto Mancini said last season that it was impossible to understand the mad-cap 21-year-old.

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But his Italy counterpart said it was merely a generational issue rather than a difficulty tuning into his temperamental star's wavelength.

"I don't have any difficulties but I am curious to understand a 21-year-old," said Prandelli.

"From his behaviour to his mentality, he's radically different from us.

"But there's no difficulty in communication, just the curiosity to know the emotions a 21-year-old can have, and what sacrifices he can make to become a great player."