MILAN -- Mario Balotelli has some work to do to earn the respect of Italy coach Antonio Conte.
Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport that he's not sure Balotelli's decision to move back to England is positive or not, "but I do know that whoever joins the national team must then deserve to stay there."
Balotelli, Italy's most talented and most temperamental forward, transferred from AC Milan to Liverpool on Monday.
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Conte said "the man is more important than the footballer. ... Talent is secondary. F...