Many Liverpool fans didn’t really consider the possibility of Mario Balotelli returning to the club this summer. That was until they saw pictures of him training at Melwood on the first few days of pre-season.
The Italian striker clearly doesn’t fit Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy at the club but, when AC Milan decided they wouldn’t use the right to sign him following a season-long loan spell, Balotelli made his way back to his parent club.
But any chance of Balotelli remaining on Merseyside have seemingly been dashed almost immediately.
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That’s because the Mirror are reporting that Liverpool have told the 25-year-old to find a new club because he doesn’t feature in Klopp’s plans for the upcoming season.
But it seems that Balotelli won’t have to do much searching for his next destination. That’s because the same report, backed up by the Liverpool Echo, claim that he has been offered an escape route by Sampdoria.
Sampdoria offer escape route
Balotelli turned down a chance to join the Italian club last summer, opting to rejoin Milan, but following comments from Sampdoria’s president, Massimo Ferrero, it seems as though he be persuading to join them this time around.
Balotelli is Balotelli’s worst enemy,” Ferrero said.
“Like (Antonio) Cassano is Cassano’s worst enemy. He’s a great player whose been stuck back in the 1960s.
“He could relaunch [his career] at a passionate club like ours, but he’s still a bit confused. I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.”
Balotelli's odd week
Balotelli may have only been back at Liverpool for a few days but he’s already been involved in one strange scenario. It was reported that the Italian decided he would take a taxi to the training ground and, to avoid being photographed by a journalist, decided to lay down in the back of it.
It’s anyone’s guess as to why on earth he felt the need to hide himself on the way to training.
But that wasn’t the only odd thing surrounding Balotelli in recent days. He made the quite frankly ridiculous statement that he will win the Ballon d’Or if he really wanted to.
"In my view there weren't enough [expectations put on me], as I can do so much more than what I said. But it takes time," Balotelli said, per Sky Sports.
"On the scale of 0 to 10, I stopped at five, but I'll get to 10 eventually. I want to get there. I will win the Ballon d'Or.”
Well, if he wants to reach 10, he will have to attempt to kick-start his career at Sampdoria first.