Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is hoping to recruit Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli for his World Cup squad.
The son of Ghanian immigrants, Balotelli was born and raised in Italy and is currently a member of the Azzurri’s under-21 side.
Rajevac plans to visit with Balotelli after this week’s World Cup draw in South Africa, the Gazzetta dello Sport reported Wednesday.
It could be a good time for such a pitch, with Balotelli the subject of racial taunts during games in Italy lately and unhappy with his lack of playing time at Inter.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has showed no interest in selecting Balotelli, who could opt for Ghana since he has never appeared for Italy’s senior national team.
“I’m content with the strikers we have, but Balotelli’s skills are exceptional,” Rajevac said, adding that he plans to bring Ghana captain Stephen Appiah along for the discussion with Balotelli.
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