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Balotelli admits Brendan Rodgers was the biggest disappointment.

Mario Balotelli ranks the managers he has played under

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Jurgen Klopp wasn’t the first manager to fall out with Mario Balotelli, and he certainly won’t be the last.

Following the Italian’s exit from Liverpool in the summer, Balotelli admitted he spoke to Klopp just once since the German’s arrival in England a year ago.

"Klopp doesn't know me, I spoke to him once, he told me to go somewhere else, work hard and then return," Balotelli told Sky Italia.

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"So I said goodbye to them, and that we wouldn't be seeing each other again."

Nice boss Lucien Favre took the highly questionable decision to sign Balotelli on a free transfer. It was a risk that appears to be paying off - Balotelli has scored seven goals and Nice lead Ligue 1 - but whether their relationship is as harmonious in a few months time cannot be guaranteed.

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The 26-year-old clashed with Roberto Mancini during a Manchester City training session. He rowed with Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese left him out of the Inter Milan team to face Chelsea in 2010. Brendan Rodgers admitted that he never wanted to sign Balotelli in 2014.

The maligned striker has taken plenty of slights in his career, but what does he think about his managers? Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Balotelli ranked his former bosses.

There’s a surprise endorsement for Mancini, while Rodgers comes out worst.

"The worst? Not Klopp"

“For me, the one most on the ball remains Mancini: fantastic, I owe him so much,” Balotelli said, via the Mirror.

“In second place I put Favre with Mourinho: the Portuguese is talented and motivated, it is a pity that we had a falling out.

“The worst? Not Klopp, I am not angry with him. If he has created a certain situation at Liverpool, maybe he should have had more patience with me.

“In truth, I had the biggest disappointment with Rodgers. I enjoyed myself with him in training but our relationship was a disaster.”

Liverpool FC Training and Press Conference

Nice's treasure

Balotelli scored just once in the Premier League under Rodgers before he was loaned out to AC Milan in 2015.

But Liverpool’s trash is Nice’s treasure. Favre has created an environment for Balotelli to thrive and he’s already dreaming of winning the title with his new club.

“I'm happy here. I’ve settled in very quickly in this fantastic place,” he told Mediaset, via ESPN FC.

"There are a lot of youngsters in the team and the coach is very good and I've found everything favourable. There's still a long way to go, but if we do win the title, I'm going to fly a helicopter over Nice."

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