Mario Balotelli says he does not want to go back to Liverpool – but has been warned he has “no more chances” to earn himself an AC Milan stay.
Balotelli is on a season-long loan deal at Milan but has scored only three goals in 18 appearances back at the San Siro and has been warned by the club’s new manager, Cristian Brocchi, he is running out of time to prove himself worthy of a permanent contract.
Brocchi, who succeeded the sacked Sinisa Mihajlovic last week, said: “If a player thinks he can decide the match by himself, that’s not right.
“I found Mario very eager and he promised me he’ll give his all in these last few games.
“In the past he knew full well he’d be given other chances, but now he realises there are no more chances. The hope is he can use these last matches to show his quality.
“It’s important for me that he shows he truly cares about the Milan jersey. As a coach I always focused on mentality, because even the most talented players have to be strong mentally.”
Balotelli scored four goals in 28 games for Liverpool following his £16million transfer from Milan in 2014 and says he does not want to return to Anfield despite the appointment of Jurgen Klopp.
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, Balotelli said: “What I want is certainly to stay at Milan. I was not happy at Liverpool and I do not want to go back there.
“I’ve been doing well in my last two games, there are another six for me to prove myself.
“I feel in good shape physically at last and am relaxed. Besides, Milan have the money!”