AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is pleasantly surprised by the “radical change in attitude” that he has seen in Mario Balotelli.
The Italian forward has returned to Milan on a season-long loan from Liverpool just one year after leaving the Rossoneri on a £16million transfer to Anfield.
The 25-year-old endured a dismal year in England scoring just four goals in his 28 appearances for the Reds and has much to prove this season if he is to revive his career.
Galliani believes the player has taken already one step towards that and said to Sky Italia: “He (Balotelli) has had an extraordinary approach, he has changed radically.
“He is the first to arrive and the last to leave (Milan’s training ground) Milanello.
“(AC Milan coach Sinisa) Mihajlovic wants for the players to have breakfast at 8:30 and he is there before that at 8.
“If he continues to have the same approach shown in the first week he will do well with us.
“This is his last opportunity of his career and I don’t think he will throw it away.”
Balotelli was considered surplus to requirements at Liverpool and
was left out of the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia and trained away from the first team.
He has reportedly taken a pay cut to return to Milan, where he scored 26 goals in 43 appearances after joining from Manchester City in January 2013.
Milan have thrown Balotelli a lifeline and the player is keen to have a strong campaign and return to Italy’s squad ahead of next year’s Euro 2016.
Balotelli, who has yet to make his first appearance for the Rossoneri since his return, was an unused substitute in Milan’s 2-1 triumph over Empoli last weekend.
He is expected to feature in the Milan derby at
Inter, Balotelli’s former club, on September 13.