Mario Balotelli's agent has revealed that the under fire Italian will stay at Liverpool until the end of the season – and warned that any club who tries to take him away from Anfield will have to pay a £50 million transer fee.
Balotelli's agent – Mino Raiola – has said that Balotelli will have to play his way out of Anfield and the only way he'll leave the club is by turning in world class performances that result in an Earth-shattering transfer.
Speaking to La Gazetta dello Sport, Raiola said:
"I saw him on Monday and said: ‘You’ve got a [long] contract and I’m not taking you away. Either you leave Liverpool for €60m or €70m and I win the bet or you die there’. It’s the first time that I’ve had such a conversation with a player. I saw that he was calm, changed, different with respect to at Milan. Very disappointed in himself too.
He is going through times he’s never had before. Before everybody wanted him to do well. He had space. At Liverpool, no: either you do as we say or you stay out [of the team]. Then he was out injured for eight weeks. He lost rhythm.”
Problems off the field are affecting Balotelli's game.
Balotelli's agent says that the striker has been affected by not seeing his daughter, Pia:
"Pia has changed him but Mario has also found a woman [the girl’s mother] who won’t give him peace. If he organises to go see her on this day at this place, like clockwork there’s a doctor’s letter saying the little one has a fever. And Mario suffers a lot from this."
'Super' Mario has scored just two goals in all competitions since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in the summer for a reported fee of £16 million and he hasn't started a Premier League game since November.
[via The Guardian]