Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given the chance to get his career back on track in Italy, but with Lega Pro side ASD Lupa Castelli.
The tiny club, who were formed two years ago and currently ply their trade in the third-tier of Italian football, have confirmed they are exploring the possibility of signing the much-maligned striker from Liverpool this summer.
Having already failed to drum up any interest from his former sides AC or Inter Milan, Lupa Castelli's president Marco Amelia is hopeful of convincing Balotelli to drop down a few divisions to rediscover his form.
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The 24-year-old looks set to leave Liverpool this summer just one summer after signing in a £16million deal. He scored just one Premier League goal for the Reds in what turned out to be a disastrous campaign for his already damaged reputation.
Unsurprisingly, Brendan Rodgers, who never wanted to sign Balotelli in the first place, has signed Danny Ings this summer and will hope to have Daniel Sturridge fighting fit, leaving Balotelli on the fringes of the Liverpool squad.
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"For Balotelli, this could be the first step towards cleaning up his act, taking two steps back and showing everyone what he is capable of doing"
However, Amelia has confirmed to Sky Sports Italia that the striker is welcome to come and play at Lupa Castelli's 5,000-capacity stadium.
He said: "Our intention is to bring our friend, Balotelli, here, a player who at this time needs to start afresh because we see that he does not want to play anymore, has fans opposing him and is no longer able to show his quality," Marco Amelia, Lupa Castelli's club president, told Sky Italia.
"For Balotelli, this could be the first step towards cleaning up his act, taking two steps back and showing everyone what he is capable of doing."
"It will be tough, it will be almost impossible as it is something that football has never seen, but he could do it"
Amelia does not seem to believe his club can agree a permanent deal, but thinks Balotelli could certainly get back on his feet if he agrees to a six-month loan deal.
"Six months here would be useful to him to start the path of purification," he added. "He must regain humility and enthusiasm that allowed him to break into football matters when he was starting out."
"It will be difficult, almost impossible, but I will try anyway. I hope that the importance of the city of Rome and our friendship helps me."
"I'll try to call Mario Balotelli. On an economic point of view, we'll see what happens. I think that at this time Mario needs to find the will he needs to compete. It will be tough, it will be almost impossible as it is something that football has never seen, but he could do it."