Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has today revealed that he would not consider making a return to the Reds, before praising the club’s fans and hitting out at the board.
Italian hitman Balotelli spent two seasons on the books of the Anfield outfit (though one of them was spent on loan at AC Milan), and split fans of the Merseysiders in typical ‘Super Mario’ fashion.
His stint on Merseyside is generally regarded as a bit of a disaster, with the former Manchester City star having managed just 1 Premier League goal in 16 outings for the Reds.
He has since made the move to Ligue 1 outfit Nice, where he enjoyed an impressive campaign last season, scoring 15 goals in 23 league outings.
Speaking in an interview with French newspaper Nice Matin, Balotelli was questioned on his difficult time at Anfield, with the 27-year-old summing up the feelings of many when discussing Liverpool as a club:
Mario Balotelli: “I will never play for Liverpool again. The fans are incredible, but the board really is a disaster.” More follows.
— Get French Football (@GFFN) October 26, 2017
‘The right environment’
Balotelli also discussed life in France compared to that of Italy and England, hitting out at the notoriously-invasive UK media:
‘I was living in a difficult situation in Liverpool, in a city I didn’t like. I needed change after two failed seasons between Liverpool and AC Milan. And coming to OGC Nice, which, with all due respect, is not Real Madrid, was a risk if I failed again. But here, I found the right environment to succeed.’
‘I like the sunshine and the sea a lot, and I sometimes go for a stroll on the promenade in the evening.’
‘The French media is not as harsh as Italy’s from the footballing point of view – or the English media when it comes to your private life.’
‘The stories about me going out all the time were untrue. When I was 19 I’d go out once or twice a month – nothing unusual for my age – yet I always ended up in the papers the next day.’