Ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has taken steps to warn Mauro Icardi that a move away from the San Siro club could be hazardous to his career.
Icardi has recently faced criticism for indifferent showings, and has since been linked with a move away from the club, with sides like Chelsea interested. Mancini took over in November 2014, and since then Icardi has scored just four goals.
Mancini, in his second stint with the club, has warned him that if he fails to most of his extensive talents then he could end up like previous Internazionale hopefuls, Balotelli and Adriano.
“Icardi is young and has quality, I hope he is always decisive, but he has to improve a lot,” said the Italian manager.
"Icardi is young and has quality, I hope he is always decisive, but he has to improve a lot,” said the Italian manager"
“It reminds me of the situation with Balotelli and Adriano, who have been lost in one way or another.
“It is not enough to just have talent, he has to work and work hard."
Mancini suggested that he had only good memories with Balotelli when speaking about their relationship: “With Mario I only have good memories. We won the league in England and in Italy. Some arguments are part of daily life."
Balotelli has underwhelmed to date, not impressing on his return to Italy with AC Milan or his transfer to Liverpool - Where he has scored two goals in 19 games - but his situation is nowhere near the severe waste of talent that was Adriano.
Waste of talent
Mancini’s relationship degraded with Adriano to the point of creating a unworkable environment at Inter. Adriano was an explosive player with a cannon of a left foot who seemed to have the raw talent to take the world by storm.
However his capricious nature and a severe lack of work ethic left the player with a toxic relationship between his social life and career. He was released in 2009 after some loans away from the club, but ultimately he squandered away his talent.