Mario Balotelli has the chance to “re-launch” his faltering career back in Italy after he returned to Liverpool for pre-season training.
Balotelli is officially registered as a Liverpool player again after his loan with AC Milan came to an end, but his days with the Reds still look numbered despite expressing an interest in wanting to fight for his future at Anfield.
Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has been trying to find a suitable destination for his client and Sampdoria could be one of them after president Massimo Ferrero spoke about the possibility of bringing the 25-year-old to the club.
“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.”