Mario Balotelli has demons in his brain according to Paolo di Canio

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Paolo di Canio has claimed Mario Balotelli needs to sort the "demons in his brain" as the Italian striker is yet to realise his potential.

As reported by talkSPORT, the former Italy forward believes the controversial star has been a flop since he arrived at Anfield for £16million last summer and is too interested in being a "celebrity."

His record since joining Liverpool has been dismal. He has scored just once in 16 appearances, with di Canio claiming he needs to sort out his attitude.


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Balotelli has had controversy follow him around the globe, making headlines whilst at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Liverpool.

Talking to talkSPORT, di Canio said: “Talking as a manager, my view on football is you need to understand what it means to play with and for your team-mates.

Mario's demons 

“You need to show empathy in good moments and bad moments. It doesn’t look like he is doing this.

“The demons are in his brain. He is still young, physically he is strong, he is an incredible natural athlete, but he has never used his big potential.”

Balotelli's list of misdemeanours include lighting fireworks in his bathroom, throwing a dart at a youth player and having a training ground bust-up with former manager, Roberto Mancini.

Di Canio was not short of controversy himself – he was banned for 11 matches and fined £10,000 after pushing referee Paul Alcock to the ground in September 1998. Balotelli is yet to feature for Liverpool this term and could be on his way out of Anfield, according to reports.

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