Liverpool’s bad boy, Mario Balotelli is wanted by Besiktas and they can offer Champions League football, according to Give Me Sport.
Although Balotelli has received a lot of stick over the years for his bad attitude and indifference to authority, the Italian has put his head down in the last few weeks and trained hard, with the u23-team no less.
Jürgen Klopp made it very clear that Balotelli’s future did not reside at Liverpool and that he would need to find himself a new club if he had any desire to play football. It may seem as though he has found one but I am full of praise for the way for the way the troubled striker has trained well at Melwood despite having no future with the club. It must be tough going into training every morning to a club you know you’re not wanted at. It could be argued Balotelli brought this on himself but that makes it no easier – quite the opposite, in fact.
Balotelli had already been sent out on loan to AC Milan before Klopp became manager but his performances in Italy have had no effect on the German boss. Not surprising, really – last season, Balotelli managed just 3 goals in 23 appearances. With forwards like Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Sadio Mané well above him in the club’s striker pecking order it is clear that Balotelli will see little football on Merseyside.
Therefore, it will be music to his ears to hear Besiktas president Kifret Omran speak of Balotelli’s chances of joining the club:
“Mario Balotelli is the type of footballer that our fans can associate themselves with,” Orman told Turkish magazine Fanatik, “I’m pretty sure he would attract great attention.
“To be fair, if he wasn’t deemed as a trouble-maker, he wouldn’t be rumoured to be joining us. But we can show some effort and create solutions for Balotelli’s infamous troubles. I think he can change with the attention and care he’ll receive in Turkey.”
It would seem the Turkish champions would welcome Balotelli with open arms as well as provide Champions League football, something Liverpool can’t brag about.