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Liverpool striker Balotelli set for Milan return

Mario Balotelli is out of favour at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Mario Balotelli looks set to finally depart Liverpool after a summer of rumour at Anfield.

The Italian, who is surplus to requirements, is set for a return to AC Milan, according to Gazetta dello Sport.

Former Manchester City striker Balotelli will undergo a medical in Italy on Tuesday before completing the move.


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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Mario Balotelli's future lies in the player's own hands despite his omission from their pre-season tour.

Where will Balotelli be playing next season? Credit: PA

The Italy international was among a number of players, Jose Enrique and Fabio Borini included, who were left behind at the club's Melwood training base while the rest flew out for friendlies in Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.

After just four goals, only one of which came in the Premier League, in his debut season the £16m signing is top of the summer clear-out list.

"Mario is obviously not on tour but working hard and training well with a number of other players at Melwood," he told a press conference after arriving in Kuala Lumpur for Friday's game against a Malaysia XI.

Asked if Balotelli would still be a Liverpool player come the end of the transfer window, he added: "I'm not sure, that will entirely be up to Mario. "He is working hard to get fit and we will see when the season begins."


Balotelli staying with Liverpool - agent

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will remain at the club next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

The Italy international's first season after a £16million move from AC Milan was a flop with just four goals - only one of which came in the Premier League - and he was top of a list of names the club reportedly wanted to offload this summer.

However, Raiola insists the 24-year-old is staying where he is.

Mario Balotelli had a mediocre season. Credit: PA

"We have talks with Liverpool and he will stay," he told Sky Sports.

"I spoke many times with the club and they were happy with his input as a professional."

Asked whether the striker and manager Brendan Rodgers had adapted to each other over the course of the season, Raiola added: "I think Mario did, I cannot talk for Brendan Rodgers.

"Obviously we're pretty confident it'll happen next year."

Balotelli posts on Instagram to reveal why he missed Liverpool's FA Cup clash

Mario Balotelli has taken to Instagram to provide proof that he had a fever.

The Italian striker missed Liverpool's 1-0 FA Cup quarter final win over Blackburn at Ewood Park and had come in for some criticism after not travelling with the team.

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