Monday 29 December 2014

Balotelli's agent: This is Mario's last chance

Published 23/08/2014 | 12:27

Balotelli with Mino Raiola

Mario Balotelli’s agent has warned the controversial star that signing for Liverpool is his last chance to become one of the best strikers in Europe.

The Italian will finalise his £16m move in the next 48 hours when he has face to face talks with Brendan Rodgers, who he must convince his bad-boy days are a thing of the past.

"Now it’s up to him," said Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola. "Another flop is inadvisable.

"Mario needs to get this pressure off his shoulders. He must feel free to score goals and that’s it.

"It's either make or break now. If it goes wrong? Mario is 24 years old. He no longer has the alibi of his age.

Raiola also says that the influence of Steven Gerrard played a big role in Balotelli choosing Liverpool.

"Milan are a great club and I couldn’t have asked for any more from them," explained Raiola.

"Mario played well for six or seven months, giving a decisive push for them to enter the Champions League.

"But then you could see he is not ready to be a leader. Will he ever be a leader? It’s not mandatory that every player has to be a leader.

"I sought out for him a team where he can be an important element without being asked to be a leader. Liverpool have Steven Gerrard. There Mario will be protected and can give his best.

"Not everyone is born to be a leader and a good striker is not always a leader either."

And he admitted that there are special circumstances in the terms of Balotelli’s contract.

"Mario will not have a different contract to the other Liverpool players. He will have to follow the code of conduct of the club, like all the others.

"My job is to ensure nothing damages my client’s career."

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