Giorgio Chiellini has apologised to Mario Balotelli for brutally criticising the striker in his autobiography. He admitted to making a mistake.
“I made a mistake, so I learned from it and will continue to benefit every day about my mistakes,” said the 35-year-old.
In the forthcoming novel, the captain of Juventus criticized the Brescia player, claiming that he “deserved a slap” for his actions during the 2013 Confederations Cup campaign in Italy.
Chiellini didn’t stop there, claiming “Balotelli is a negative guy who doesn’t support the squad.”
Balotelli was not lying down for the attack, fighting out on Instagram at Chiellini.
“At least, I have the courage and sincerity to say things face to face,” he wrote on his story. “Since 2013, you have had plenty of chances to behave like a real man but you haven’t.”
But now, the duo has buried the hatchet, when both featured on Tuesday’s Italian TV show Le Iene.
The show’s crew first presented a signed Balotelli jersey with the inscription to Chiellini: “Even though you stabbed me in the back unexpectedly, I still love you man.”
The pair was then linked via video chat and Balotelli began with a joke.
The defender of Juventus went on to claim that he thought he had to bring some critique into his text, having previously labelled former team-mate Felipe Melo “the worst of the worst” and “a bad apple.” Nevertheless, the centre-back acknowledged that he had gone too far in his remarks regarding Balotelli.
Chiellini said he would be more than pleased if the two ended up as team-mates on Italy’s team for next summer’s Euro.