Balotelli isn't a top player, says Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Mario Balotelli isn't a top player these days and feels Italy are unlikely to win the World Cup

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has criticised AC Milan marksman Mario Balotelli insisting that he isn't at the very top level and the ex-Milan tactician also feels Italy are outsiders to lift the World Cup.

Balotelli splits opinion with some pundits praising his natural talent and others pointing out his problems with temperament.

A lot will rest on the ex-Manchester City man for Italy in the summer as he is expected to lead the line, possibly even without a fully fit Giuseppe Rossi to help him.

But Balotelli's form has been patchy this term and it seems that Ancelotti doesn't feel that Mario is up to the job.

"Italy are behind Spain, Brazil, Germany and Argentina," Ancelotti told Radio Nacional.

"Cesare Prandelli is looking to rejuvenate the squad and a lot will depend on the midfield where he has the experience of Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi and Thiago Motta but the problem is that they lack a top player in front of them.

"Balotelli has talent but he isn't consistent and at any moment he can leave you down to 10 men."

Ancelotti could be in the frame for the Italy job if Prandelli steps down after this summer's showpiece event in Brazil.

"It could happen," he admitted. "But the national job would be the furthest from being a club coach and I like working on the pitch every day.

"I'm not thinking about a national job at the moment but I would like to in the future."

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