De Rossi plays down feud with Man City's Balotelli
Italy's De Rossi rebuffs rift with 'crazy' Balotelli as rumours
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has played down the suggestion that he had a feud with Manchester City's eccentric striker Mario Balotelli after the pair clashed heatedly during the first half of Italy's Euro quarter-final clash with England in Kiev on Sunday.
"Yes, at the end of the first half, we had words. Perhaps we might have shouted a bit louder because there was a lot of adrenalin, there was a lot of noise from the crowd," The Sun quoted De Rossi, as saying.
"We were far away from each other so you had to raise your voice. But there are no problems whatsoever. All the talk of fights between us, that's not the case. We went into the dressing room and were talking only about what we were going to do in the second half," he added.
"And Mario was even better in the second half. I thought he was terrific against England. So no, I don't think Mario is a difficult character at all. I certainly don't have to make any extra effort there - he is one of the squad, nothing more, nothing less," he said.
De Rossi praised Balotelli, saying the whole team backed their crazy striker.
"And I think we only speak about Balotelli a lot because he is a very good player. He has proved a handful for defences. Some people think he's crazy but we are all behind him. Let's just see how crazy he goes if he scores the winning goal that takes us to the final," he said. (ANI)