Mario Balotelli Is Set To Leave Marseille And Join A New Club This Summer
Mario Balotelli could be ready to leave behind Ligue 1 as he has entered into talks with Italian side Parma.
The 28-year-old ex-Manchester City and Liverpool striker signed a six-month deal with Marseille back in January, but a return to Italy seems to be on his mind.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Parma opened talks with the Italian superstar on Monday at their HQ.
And it is claimed that Balotelli, who will become a free agent from 30th June, is holding out for a deal that would see him pocket €4m a year.
The Italy international made 25 appearances in the French league last season and scored eight times.
But the former Inter and AC Milan striker was sent off in Marseille's 1-0 win over Montpellier and all but confirmed his departure from the club in an Instagram post.
View this post on Instagram@olympiquedemarseille thank you everybody for these amazing 5 months even if we didn't achieve our objectives I really wanna say thank to the coach and staff.. players.. president and directors.. everyone that works with Om.. supporters.. THANK YOU AND HOPEFULLY.. see you soon or good luck for everything in the furlture years and #allezlom:soccer::large_blue_circle::white_circle:
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"Thank you everybody for these five months even if we didn't achieve our objectives," he wrote.
"I really want to say thanks to the coaches and staff, players, president and directors, everyone that works with OM, supporters.
"Thank you and hopefully see you soon, or good luck with everything in the future years."
And Parma could be the team that could help Balotelli climb back into the international side.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini said that the door wasn't closed for him to return, but it all depends on his attitude.
"Balotelli? I do not enter into the merits of his two statements, I talked to him and I explained to him," he said.
"His sentences certainly weren't aimed at me. Given the qualities he has, it will depend on him.
"He knows he shouldn't be left out and punctually expelled: he knows very well that it is his fault: he doesn't play 100 per cent, he is content to play at a lower level and he knows it's not good."
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