Marie Balotelli has been regarded as the epitome of wasted talent and he confirmed this once again after securing a move to French club Nice on transfer deadline day.
Nice have been able to secure the 26-year-old on a free transfer just two years after he had completed a £ 16 million move from AC Milan to Liverpool. Then-manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that the signing of Balotelli was a huge gamble, but he was left with little options in the transfer window to assist Daniel Sturridge after the departure of Luis Suarez
. The gamble, though, has been a major failure, as the striker has been able to score only four goals in 28 games.
Even though Liverpool only recently sold Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace, it seems that manager Jurgen Klopp did not see Balotelli as a member of the squad. Apart from Balotelli and then decay,have also allowed Luis Alberto. The Spaniard has joined Lazio for around £ 4.3 million, which marks a significant loss over the £ 7 million that they paid to the striker three years ag. However, the sell on clause inserted into his contract is worth 30% and Liverpool will be able to receive some fee if they sell him on later.
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Balotelli has been told to find new club by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Italian striker clearly does not have a future at Liverpool and this may also be the case with regard to English football. Balotelli has failed spectacularly in his second spell in the Premier league and it is highly unlikely that other clubs will try and take a new gamble on the former Inter Milan star. This leaves Balotelli with very few choices to seal the deal before the start of the season. There have been several accusations about Balotelli not being professional enough.
The striker’s agent has confirmed that his client is now seeking a move to Europe’s mainland and he is willing to give his 100% to clubs. His agent, Mino Raiola, also says that Balotelli has struggled to make a major impact since he has been unable to find the right opportunity. It is highly likely that Balotelli will favour a return to the Italian Serie A rather than play in the Spanish league or the German Bundesliga. There is also a possibility that he would join a club in the French league – especially after the departure of many superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Benteke has not travelled with the Liverpool squad for the US pre-season tour.
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Italian striker might be considering a return to Liverpool next season.
There was news that Besiktas might be interested in the player, but Balotelli’s agent has denied these rumors. He said that this was only lies and that there is nothing real in this. He stated that the Turkish club has not contacted his client and that there currently no other offers
The agent stated that the only option at the moment is Liverpool and that his client is ready to come back to fight for his place at Liverpool. This might be sad news for Liverpool fans who were hoping that the Italian striker might be leaving the club in the summer. Indeed Balotelli has failed to make a positive impact on the team and will be better off if he found another club.
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Mario Balotelli has apologized to AC Milan chief executive for missing a penalty in the match against Frosinone.
The game ended 3-3 with Balotelli missing a crucial penalty in the 48th minutes.
Indeed at this moment of the game, AC Milan was losing 2-0 and would have really benefited from a goal on penalty. Nevertheless, they managed to pull one goal back through Carlos Bacca. But the reduction in the scoreline only lasted a short period with FredericoDionisi extending the lead again for Frosinone
However, Luca Antonelli will manage to bring the game back to 3-2 before the referee award another penalty to AC Milan in the closing stage of the match. This time, it would be Jeremy Menez who took the penalty and will score to bring the game leveled.
It is understood that Mario Balotelli personally called the AC Milan chief executive Galliani to apologize for his poor penalty kick. Galliani himself confirmed the call and said that this is a proof that Balotelli has changed and become more matured. Indeed, some years back you would never have heard news about Balotelli apologizing for his behaviors. Read more »
Former Bayern Munich striker says he’s enjoying his current campaign at Besiktas. He is on loan to Besiktas and says he doesn’t envisage a return to Fiorentina. Gomez claims he’s back to his best in Besiktas. He spent two seasons with Fiorentina but was injury-hit mostly. In Besiktas, he’s been enjoying a resurgence in form and is quite excited about it.
Mario Gomez told kicker magazine: “I’m fit again and I’m enjoying my football again, which was certainly not the case for a long time. It’s not just the fact I scored either — I’m 30 now and even if not many people will believe me, I’m no longer so obsessed about goals. I’m old enough to know there are more important things.”
The striker even earned a recall to the German team in the match against England. He scored in the match despite the loss to the English team.
“In terms of my fitness, I’m back where I want to be and that feels great. I’ve got this power again to be able to make the runs which help me play a good game. All of my efforts have paid off, and I always believed they would. Now I’m just going to try to carry on this way,” the visibly elated striker added.
The striker who is the top scorer in the Turkish league with 19 goals in 26 appearances said Germany were stupid to have lost to England. He Germany had a goal disallowed after their second goal. Read more »
Brilliant but undisciplined, these are the words that are usually used to describe Mario Balotelli as the Italian striker has displayed top class abilities but at the same time, he has been seen doing questionable things not only inside the pitch but also outside of it as well and this is why there are so many clubs and managers that haven’t taken the risk of signing him even with the talent that he has showed.
For a fee of £16 million, Mario Balotelli was signed and the main reason of why the Italian attacker was signed had to do with Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker was offloaded to Barcelona and Liverpool signed Balotelli as a way to fill in the spot that was left by Suarez and Balotelli was signed.
Unfortunately for Liverpool and for Brendan Rodgers who was the coach of Liverpool during this period of time, Balotelli failed to prove his worth as he struggled trying to score goals as he only managed to score 1 goal in 16 appearances.
The former Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers has recently spoke up and said that he was actually forced to sign Mario Balotelli and that it was never actually his intention to sign the Italian forward. Read more »
Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard claims that he is feeling extremely proud and happy to be following in the footsteps of legends like Landon Donovan and David Beckham at LA Galaxy.
Gerrard will be the new marquee player at LA Galaxy, who are one of the big names in North American football. He made the switch from Liverpool to the MLS on a free transfer after his contract with the Merseyside club came to an end. After signing a two-year contract with LA Galaxy, Gerrard has begun training with the team. Regarded as the finest midfielder of his generation, Gerrard will be a major force to reckon with in the MLS.
Even for a big player like Gerrard, it will be tough to go beyond the history of Landon Donovan at the club. Donovan recently retired from all forms of football, but his achievements with LA Galaxy will not be forgotten. The history, though, will be forgotten for the time being since the club will be looking to get the right kind of form after the arrival of Gerrard. Bruce Arena and LA Galaxy have made a very poor start to the season. Despite winning four out of the last five matches, the club still find themselves fourth in the table. Read more »
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is a major doubt for the match against Stoke City.
This is the final match of the campaign and it could hold a lot of significance for Balotelli’s future at Anfield. After having scored only one league goal throughout the campaign, it has been widely speculated that the Italian international may be sold very soon. He came to Liverpool for £ 16 million, but the Merseyside outfit are expected to cut their losses sooner rather than later. Balotelli has scored only three goals in 21 appearances across all competitions.
Liverpool’s failure to secure Champions League football has largely been put down to the poor performances by the former Manchester City striker. Despite his uncertain future, Balotelli played a number of minutes during the month of April. However, he has not featured for the club since the 1-0 defeat against Hull City. It looks unlikely that he will appear in the final match of the season as well. Hence, it is effectively thought that Balotelli’s career at Anfield is almost over and he may wear a different jersey going into the new season. More importantly, Rodgers will also have to think about replacing Steven Gerrard who leaves for LA Galaxy. Read more »