Italian Striker Mario Balotelli Set To Sign For New Club

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Ex Inter Milan and AC Milan talisman Mario Balotelli has disclosed he will transfer to a new club “in a few weeks”.

The Italian became a free agent after he was released by relegated Serie A side Brescia at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

The 30-year-old forward refused to turn up for training with the Italian club following the coronavirus lockdown, and was publicly picked apart by his manager for a lack of discipline.

Brescia manager Diego Lopez told Corriere della Serain June: “There’s only one truth here: the team have followed one path, Mario has followed another. I thought he could give so much, playing in the city of his birthplace.

“He had a lot to give but he had to do more, much more. These are the facts. Therefore, it’s normal that there’s disappointment.

“I spent a lot of time on him. He didn’t even show up on Zoom during quarantine.”

Genoa were rumoured to be prepared to make an offer to Balotelli for a one-year contract during the summer transfer window, but a final deal never came through.

The Italian striker was also reportedly linked with a transfer to MLS, and he now claims that he has already got his next destination lined up.

During a live chat with his brother Enock, who is currently a housemate in the Italian version of the reality show Big Brother, Balotelli fielded questions on his future.

When questioned on where he has gone to ply his trade at the start of the 2020-21 campaign, the ex-City star responded: “I still don’t play, in a few weeks I’ll sign, don’t worry.”

 

Balotelli joined Brescia as a free agent in August 2019, and went on to score five goals in 19 appearances for his boyhood club.

He took in a brief spell at Marseille earlier that year after terminating his contract at Nice, where he had initially rebuilt his reputation after a disastrous spell at Liverpool.

 

Balotelli only managed to score four goals at Anfield between 2014 and 2016, failing to fill the boots of Luis Suarez upfront following the Uruguayan’s move to Barcelona.

The ex-Italy international enjoyed a prolific spell at Milan prior to his ill-fated stint on Merseyside, having moved to San Siro from City in 2013.

He was also part of the squad to win a Premier League title at Etihad Stadium, but never quite managed to live up to the potential of his early days at Inter, who sold him to the Manchester outfit for €22 million (£20m/$26m). in 2010.

 

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