AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri believes star striker Mario Balotelli can become the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Although the striker's professionalism has been questioned so many times during the season, Allegri has defended his 22-year-old winter signing.
Allegri pointed out how Balotelli turned down a chance to fly to New York to collect a Time magazine award in order to stay with the team and train in hopes to catching Juventus at the top of Serie A.
"Balotelli has the potential to become what Ibra was for us in the past," Allegri told news reporters before the match against Juventus on Sunday.
"It was Mario’s choice [to remain in Italy] and I think it shows his professionalism. He thought it important to stay here and train ahead of the match against Catania.
"He’s a target for the media and whatever he does creates news. But so far, you can’t say anything about him.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn't want to rule out a possible Serie A return in the future but the Milan boss has ruled out a possibility of making a bid for him. But he still admires his former striker.
"He’s an extraordinary player and was fundamental for our title win," he concluded.
"Who wouldn’t want him? But given the money he’s on, I doubt he’ll come back to Italy."
Zlatan has scored 26 goals in 28 Ligue 1 appearances this season.