With the season coming to an end, the future of a certain Mario Balotelli is still undecided.
The controversial striker is currently on-loan at AC Milan from Liverpool but it seems as though the Italian club are unwilling to take up the option to sign the 25-year-old on a permanent basis.
Earlier this week, Milan’s chief executive Adriano Galliani admitted that Balotelli is keen to remain at the San Siro but admits that he hasn’t done enough to convince the club to splash out on him.
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"He has an immense desire to stay at the club. I hope he shows that with his performances," Galliani told reporters, per BBC.
"I've told him that based on what he's shown, he doesn't deserve to stay.
"I told him to convince me that he should stay, as we want the best for him.
"He has promised me he will do that and I hope he does,” he added.
Balotelli has only scored one league goal in 16 matches for Milan this season. However, the first match since these comments were made by Galliani, Balotelli impressed despite his side losing 2-1 to Juventus.
Although he put in an impressive performance, Balotelli still managed to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons - an attempt to cheat.
Watch the video below to see how:
The Italian was given the perfect opportunity to score from six yards after Gianluigi Buffon had parried a shot. With the legendary goalkeeper on the floor, it seemed as though Balotelli just had to bury the rebound.
But, the 38-year-old stopper pulled off an unbelievable save by tipping Balotelli’s finish onto the underside bar with the ball bouncing down onto the line.
Milan’s striker then channelled his inner Diego Maradona and decided to punch the ball into the net when challenging for the bouncing ball with Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli.
It was a stupid move by Balotelli as the defender would have had to give away a corner at the very least, with a chance he could head the ball into his own net if Balotelli had pressured him legally.
Instead, Juventus were given a free-kick and Balotelli was deservedly booked for deliberate handball. To be fair, he must have been fuming that Buffon managed to produce an unbelievable save like that.
Return to Liverpool?
It’s unlikely that Jurgen Klopp would put up with Balotelli’s antics at Anfield so Liverpool fans will be desperate that their striker manages to earn himself a permanent deal in Italy.
He spent last season on Merseyside following his £16 million move from AC Milan and managed just four goals in his 28 appearances during a disappointing campaign under Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool fans: Does Mario Balotelli deserve another chance at your club? Let us know in the comments box below!
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