Tuesday 25 October 2016

Liverpool reject Mario Balotelli to be offered Anfield exit route by Sampdoria

Published 05/07/2016 | 18:08

Mario Balotelli has returned to training with Liverpool
Mario Balotelli has returned to training with Liverpool

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has offered Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli an escape route from Anfield.

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The 33-time Italy international spent last season on loan at AC Milan but returned to pre-season training with the Reds at the weekend as the Rossoneri opted against making his stay permanent.

Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has been trying to find a suitable destination for his client, who is surplus to requirements under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and despite links with China and Turkey a return to his homeland could be the most likely get-out.

"Balotelli is Balotelli's own worst enemy," Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport. "Just like (controversial Samp striker Antonio) Cassano is Cassano's own worst enemy.

"He's a great player who's stuck back in the 1960s, stuck in the days of 'Sapore di sale' (a classic Italian song about relaxing on the beach).

"He could relaunch (his career) at a passionate club like ours, but I think he's still got mixed feelings.

"I've tried to tell him to come to Samp because he's a great talent."

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