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Inzaghi’s plan to sort out Balotelli

La Gazzetta dello Sport has outlined new AC Milan boss Pippo Inzaghi's plan to get volatile striker Mario Balotelli back on track.

Despite appearing to be headed for a San Siro exit at the start of the summer, Mario Balotelli's future could be at AC Milan and his new coach will need to get him firing again.

The Italian international marksman turned in a respectable 2013-14 campaign in terms of goals, but he was often criticised for off-the-field headlines and apparent lethargy in certain games.

As last season ended, Milan prepared to sell Balotelli to free up the money needed to rebuild a squad that underachieved badly.

However, a proposed £28 million sale to Arsenal fell through and links to Monaco and Galatasaray don't appear to have gone anywhere, so it's up to Milan coach Pippo Inzaghi to work out how to get the best out of Super Mario.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inzaghi's plan centres on 'normalising' Mario by treating him the same as other players.

"I haven't been thinking about the problem of managing Mario," Inzaghi said. "A player I coach has to win their place and they all start from zero."

La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that old boss Clarence Seedorf made numerous concessions to try and keep Balotelli happy, while Inzaghi will impose the same rules on the striker as he does on anybody else.

While Balotelli spoke highly of Seedorf on occasion, the Dutchman seemed to struggle to keep him in line.

It is suggested that not treating Balotelli as if the team revolves around him will take away the pressure on his shoulders and encourage him to behave himself.

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