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

5 Jul

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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