Serie A's Sampdoria target Mario Balotelli, club President deems Italian 'perfect fit'

The Italy International Mario Balotelli is unlikely to feature in Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp`s plans for next season.

Reuters| Updated: Jul 06, 2016, 14:30 PM IST
Serie A's Sampdoria target Mario Balotelli, club President deems Italian 'perfect fit'

New Delhi: Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has urged striker Mario Balotelli to join the Italian Serie A side, saying that the club would be the perfect place for the player to revive his flailing career.

The 25-year-old has returned to parent club Liverpool for pre-season training after failing to earn a permanent move following an injury-hit season-long loan spell at AC Milan, where he managed just three goals in 23 appearances.

The Italy international is unlikely to feature in Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp`s plans for next season, and has been linked by the British media with a move to Turkey or China.

"Balotelli is Balotelli`s own worst enemy," Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport.

"He could re-launch (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."

Balotelli was omitted from the Italy squad that reached the quarter-finals of the ongoing European Championship in France.