Nice no ‘last resort’ for Balotelli, claims agent Raiola

Date published: Friday 2nd September 2016 1:56

Mario Balotelli: Forward joined Nice on free transfer

Mario Balotelli: Forward joined Nice on free transfer

Agent Mino Raiola has said Mario Balotelli had a whole host of other clubs to choose from other than Nice on transfer deadline day.

The mercurial forward finally ended his nightmare spell at Liverpool, two years after joining the Reds for £16million from AC Milan.

Jurgen Klopp was desperate to trim his large squad and was said to be open to loaning Balotelli out again. However, Liverpool were able to negotiate a permanent deal away for the Italian.

Agent Raiola stated that the move to Nice was the one that attracted him the most and could have gone elsewhere in Europe.

“Nice was not a last resort for Mario. He had many offers,” said an adamant Raiola.

“There were alternatives in Italy, in Germany, in England, in Spain, but we chose this. The French league is interesting and is played offensively.

“The national team is something that Mario likes a lot, but today he should focus on Nice and their performance.”

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    Mark Scott
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    Agent Mino Raiola has said Mario Balotelli had a whole host of other clubs to choose from other than Nice on transfer deadline day.

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    #1201494
    MrMakaveli
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    Oh I’m sure the interest in him was just incredible, since Liverpool had to let him go for free in order to convince someone to take him.

    Balotelli doesn’t need this and the other forms of “support” from his agent. Sure he should know himself that things aren’t going at all well but it’s gone past ‘make or break’ for Mario. It’s an upward battle now for him to have a future in the game with any significance at all.

    What a waste of £16,000,000 + wages.

    #1201503

    Sean the sailor
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    Complete waste of time and money. Has everything to be a top p,Ayer but the lad is brainless. A complete muppet. He just doesn’t care

    #1201509
    hatters
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    Having seen how Raiola deals with the media (Manchester United signed Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, and Pogba – all his clients) I have reason to believe that whatever he says is the exact opposite of the truth.

    Therefore we can deduce that Nice was the only offer on the table.

    #1201875
    knotter
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    Interesting to see the criticism of kloppy, who is described as a Sh*t by the players agent.
    Comedy specs is beginning to look a bit of an idiot but not in a funny way…Though this is Liverpool so any kind of shambles could be lurking in the background somewhere, and there is really still no clear idea who pulls the strings and agrees which players to bring in and to discard.
    The agent too should look at himself, letting Mario go to Anfield while an ego the size of Gerrard’s was still on the premises was not very professional in my opinion. After the fantastic flow of goals at AC Milan which saved them from a really perilous situation Mario’s career could have been on course without the Anfield move……
    It was always doomed to failure and Mario is not the first front man who has had to move on after entering the twilight zone at the home of Liver birds.

    #1202145
    suarezsteeth
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    One of the worst footballers I’ve ever seen. Bad attitude,lazy,very little actual football ability,doesn’t score many goals from open play…. He’s an absolute joke,and has the audacity to criticise Carragher on Twitter. Unbelievable. I once saw Balotelli put the ball over the bar from a few yards out,after the ball landed at his feet after the keeper made a save. Balotelli thought he was playing rugby and put the ball over the bar. I can’t stress how awful he actually was in a Liverpool shirt. He went on loan to Milan,and scored 2 goals,one from a free kick,the other a penalty. I’m so glad we actually found someone to take him off our hands

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    Scholsey
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    He’s just a wasted talent. No hunger and desire to fulfill the potential he had.

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    shanksy
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    Klopp looking like an idiot, knotter?? Far from it buddy. Master stroke to get shot of Super Mario when not one club would even consider him for over a year. You only have to look at the number of attempts made to get rid of the lazy, dumb prick. As for his agent I’m surprised someone like you would believe a word that comes out of his gob because this guy is a major league gobshite.

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    suarezsteeth
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    Shanksy,there are rumours going around that Klopp said something in an interview re Balotelli,and whatever it was,it cost us a transfer fee. There are also rumours going around that people at the club aren’t very complimentary about his man management skills,plus they aren’t happy with the way the Sturridge and Sakho situations have been handled by Klopp either

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    banjo_chuckers
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    So Klopp isn’t the messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy? LOL!

    Who know’s what goes on behind the scenes, let’s be honest, but I would firmly be in Klopp’s corner on this one…. although I also fully support Mad Mario in any attempts to have a pop a Jamie… never liked Jamie, also thought of him as a bit of a tosspot!

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    hatters
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    @suarezsteeth. I don’t know if there is any truth to the rumours you mention regarding Klopp’s man management skills but I would like to speculate on it nonetheless:

    Klopp is known as a fierce defender of the team collective instead of pandering to individuals, this style helped him build well at Mainz and Dortmund. Anyone who questions the team (and therefore Klopp) is quickly jettisoned and clearly this worked well in Germany.

    Perhaps, if these rumours are true, it says more about the mentality and culture ingrained in English football where the player power is greater and players like to throw their toys out when things don’t go as they planned.

    Either way, I could never imagine lazy, self entitled players like Sturridge and Balotteli effectively working in a system of “Gurgenpressen” the difference between the two is the former is able to score brilliant goals out of nothing while the latter couldn’t be bothered. Sakho, it appears also acted with a great deal of insubordination.

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    suarezsteeth
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    Hatters,fair comments. I have no idea if there is any substance to these rumours,but the source is normally very accurate so I’m inclined to think that there’s something in them. Agree with your comments in your last paragraph. Balotelli should never have been signed,Sturridge has a tendency to sulk,and Sakho reportedly took pills without informing the club.

    Interestingly,I’ve read a good article on Sakho. It focused on his transfer to Liverpool,and the reasons why PSG got rid. It seems he had issues with his weight (same as at Liverpool),had problems respecting authority (so much so that Carlo Ancelotti stripped him of the captaincy,and dropped him from the side,Klopp is clearly having similar issues with him),and basically just behaved like a bit of a dick. In the end,it seems PSG lost patience with him,and it appears that his career at Liverpool is going the same way. He was dropped from the team by Brendan Rodgers,the reason given was that he was overweight,he was also dropped from the team to play Everton 2 seasons ago. He wasn’t happy,and left the stadium instead of staying with the squad at the ground. He seems,from what I’ve read,to be a pretty volatile character,and Klopp obviously doesn’t like the way he’s behaving at the moment. Interestingly,Liverpool played a friendly game at Melwood the other day against Huddersfield. First team players like Ings,Firmino and Matip played in the game. Sakho never even made the bench. Klopp is clearly sending him a message. If you can’t even make the bench for a friendly match,that’s not a good sign

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    shanksy
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    Get what you’re saying ST and you have basically summed Sakho up very well. The same can be said of Sturridge whose petulant, spoilt brat attitude cost him at all the other major clubs he played for. We are now starting to see it at Anfield. I’ll be surprised if he and Sakho are still here at the end of the season and tbh I feel it would be a good thing. Sakho is ok, nothing more and looks like Bambi on a hot griddle. Studge brings us nothing, his fitness record is a disgrace and before someone comes on and says it’s not his fault if he’s injured, bullshit, if he has a runny nose he rules himself out. Get shot of both.

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    suarezsteeth
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    Shanksy,I think Sakho is on borrowed time,but I feel that Sturridge will still be at the club for the foreseeable. The reason for that is,like it or not,he’s our best goalscorer,and while we continue to underachieve,I can’t see how we will be able to sign a better player than him. There’s no point selling him,and then not being able to replace him with a player of similar quality. We found that out when we let Suarez go. I agree with you though. Any little niggles or knocks,and he just refuses to play. It wouldn’t be as bad if we had another top striker in the squad,but we made Sturridge our number 1 striker,gave him a new contract worth allegedly £150,000 a week,and that was crazy. His injury issues mean he simply can’t be relied on as a first choice striker

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