Mario Balotelli latest: Sampdoria president offers to help relaunch Liverpool flop’s career in Italy

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has offered Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli an escape route from Anfield.

The Italian striker international endured a frustrating loan spell back with former club AC Milan last season, and returned to pre-season training with the Reds at the weekend as the Rossoneri opted against making his stay permanent.

Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has been trying to find a suitable destination for his client, who is thought to be surplus to requirements under Jurgen Klopp.

The 25-year-old has been linked with moves to China and Turkey, but a return to his homeland could be the most likely option.

And Ferrero insists he would be happy to give the out-of-form striker the platform to relaunch his career with Serie A side Sampdoria.

“Balotelli is Balotelli’s own worst enemy,” Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport.

“Just like [controversial Sampdoria 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.”

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