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Mario Balotelli branded "poisonous" by Chelsea legend

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has warned any summer suitors for star striker Mario Balotelli that they risk signing a "poisonous" influence that destroys team spirit, slamming the AC Milan striker for his recent attitude towards coach Clarence Seedorf.

Balotelli made no secret of his disappointment at being substituted during the closing stages of Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, after providing a threat for the Rossoneri throughout the match.

Despite AC Milan's struggles this season Balotelli has kept scoring consistently, with 14 goals in 30 appearances attracting interest in a Premier League return from both the Blues and Arsenal.

Lebouef is not convinced that Balotelli has the right attitude to be conducive in terms of team spirit though, blasting the Italian international for showing Seedorf such open dissent at the San Siro earlier this week.

He told Radio RMC: "Balotelli is unmanageable. He is the type of person who is poison to the team.

"I saw him play against Atletico Madrid and he disrespected Clarence Seedorf's authority. He did not want to come off after injuring his shoulder.

"Seedorf nearly had to shout in order to get him substituted.

"There's no denying that he has a lot of talent, but it impossible to use him as he simply does not fit in. This is a real shame for Italy because they have a great national team."

The 23-year-old is no stranger to problems with management and been a tabloid headline writer's dream throughout a brief but memorable career to date, with Premier League fans well aware of his questionable qualities dating ball to a chequered spell with Manchester City.

With Milan things have improved significantly, but with the Rossoneri reshaping under Seedorf the mercurial striker's long-term future remains very much in doubt.

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