Soccer: Balotelli knows must 'manage personal life better'
Milan coach says Italy forward wants to show he is 'world class'14 February, 16:51
Balotelli moved to Milan for a transfer fee of over 20 million euros last month, after two and a half years with Manchester City in which he hit the headlines for disciplinary issues and some bizarre off-field incidents and much as for his goals.
He has made an instant impact at Milan scoring three goals in his first two games with the Serie A giants.
But he was also in the news last week when he was fined for not having his insurance documents after arguing with traffic police at Milan's Linate airport.
"Balotelli is a normal guy like all the other players," Allegri told a press conference ahead of Milan's home game against Parma on Friday.
"Maybe coming here to Milan, he's understood that he has to manage certain things better, as he's at the centre of attention. He's training well and he's treated like all the others.
"Balotelli has to get a bit smarter with the management of his personal life and that's what I advised him to do. "I'm happy he's here both from a playing point of view and also at the personal level, judging from what I've seen over the last 10 days. "He has all the right qualities and he wants to show that he can become a world class player. He can do that here". Balotelli infuriated Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini with a moderate smoking habit and the player has reportedly continued to puff on cigarettes since joining Milan.