Giorgio Chiellini, the Juventus central defender has said that Mario Balotelli is not indispensable to the Italian national team.
The Italy stopper was talking after his side’s 2-2 draw against Denmark and stated that the Azzurri was not dependant on their controversial striker.
Nobody is indispensable," the defender told reporters at a press conference.
"This is and always will be Balotelli’s Italy, even if it is possible to play without him.”
"Mario has been unlucky because he picked up an injury in the first training session and then had a fever. I do not care if he annoys someone, that is the story of his career."
Meanwhile, Cesare Prandelli has been rumoured to the Juve coaching role after his contract with the Azzurri expires next year after the World Cup, but Chiellini has called this speculation.
"I think it is fantasy football, as we are so tied to [Antonio] Conte at Juventus and Prandelli for Italy," he continued.
"We are carrying out a good project with him here [for Italy], but everything else is really fantasy football."
The hard-tackling defender then spoke about the possibility of losing Turin prodigy Paul Pogba at some point in the future.
"The statements about Pogba are nothing striking. In the face of a big offer, no player is not for sale," the 29-year-old said.
"It does not mean that Juventus have put Pogba on the market - he'd have been sold this summer if that was the case.
"I hope that Paul stays with us for a long time, and I am sure he will soon renew his contract. But as for the future, no one can safely say."
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