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Berlusconi pleased to offload 'rotten apple' Balotelli

Berlusconi claims he never wanted to sign Balotelli. Credit: PA

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has described Mario Balotelli as a "rotten apple" during his time at the club, and claims he never wanted to sign the Liverpool striker.

"I remember he was bought against my advice," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have many champions: Menez, Honda, El Shaarawy, Torres, De Jong.

"The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room."

Balotelli joined Liverpool from Milan for £16m in August, but he's failed to live up to manager Brendan Rodgers' expectations so far, scoring just once in eight appearances.

Mario Balotelli pining for his pet pig Super

Perhaps the missing pig is behind Balotelli's indifferent form this season. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

As if a goal drought at his club was not enough of a problem, Mario Balotelli is also dealing with getting his prized pet pig into the UK.

The Sun (£) reports that red tape means the Italian cannot yet bring the pig, named Super, into the country.

The Liverpool striker was clearly excited when he first got hold of Super, tweeting this picture of her as a baby.

But apparently he will have to register as a pig breeder and have the animal's health tested before the pair can be reunited.

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Police investigate after Balotelli receives racist Twitter abuse

Police are investigating racist abuse which targeted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter.

We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today.

– Merseyside Police

The abuse was triggered after Balotelli's reacted to Manchester United's shock defeat to Leicester City. Balotelli, part of the Reds side that lost 5-3 at, tweeted:

Balotelli has been singled out for racist abuse in the past. He was heckled by Italy supporters during a pre-World Cup training camp in May and was on the receiving end of numerous instances of racist abuse during his time at Internazionale and, more recently, AC Milan.

Balotelli to watch new team take on Manchester City

Mario Balotelli is set to watch his new teammates take on his old ones as he watches Liverpool play Manchester City this evening.

Manchester City tweeted this photo of him arriving at the Etihad Stadium.

Balotelli pledges to earn 'much silverware for the fans'

Mario Balotelli has pledged to win "much silverware for the fans" as he confirmed his move to Liverpool FC on his Facebook page.

Mario Balotelli posted this photo to his Instagram account Credit: Mario Balotelli/Instagram

He said: "I'm proud to announce my return to the Premier League as a Liverpool FC player. Let's make the most out of this amazing challenge ..."

He also uploaded a new banner photo of his face emblazoned on the Liverpool FC motto "you'll never walk alone".

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