Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Agent: Balotelli Must Prove Himself at Liverpool
ESPN.co.uk, August 25th, 2014 2:25PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, italy

MOST COMMENTED

In an interview with the Corriere della Sera, agent Mino Raiola said that Liverpool could be Mario Balotelli’s last chance to make it at the top level. The Italy international is on the cusp of completing a 16 million-pound ($26.5 million) move to the Reds, having undergone a medical on Friday. In the interview, Raiola reveals that the 24-year-old will be unveiled to the press as a Liverpool player on Tuesday or Wednesday, and that this time, it’s do-or-die for his controversial client.

"At the top level, yes," Raiola told the Italian newspaper in quotes translated by Football Italia. "Either it works here or it's a bust. If it goes wrong? Mario is 24 years old. He no longer has the alibi of his age."

Raiola noted that some of the blame for Balotelli’s failure at AC Milan must rest on the club’s shoulders for putting so much pressure on him. "Milan are a great club and I couldn't have asked for any more from them. Mario played well for six or seven months, giving a decisive push for them to enter the [UEFA] Champions League [in 2013-14]. But then you could see he is not ready to be a leader. Will he ever be a leader? It's not mandatory that every player has to be a leader.”

He added: "I sought out for him a team where he can be an important element without being asked to be a leader. Liverpool have Steven Gerrard. There Mario will be protected and can give his best. Now it's up to him. Another flop is inadvisable... Not everyone is born to be a leader and a good striker is not always a leader either. Mario needs to get this pressure off his shoulders. He must feel free to score goals and that's it."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Man United's Falcao Out Two Weeks    
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for another two weeks with a "new injury", ...
Arsenal's Injury Woes Ahead of Man United Clash     
While much has been made of the injury crisis facing Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, ...
Bolton Coach Fumes at Klinsmann    
Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon on Friday slammed USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for what he called ...
Liverpool Investigates Sturridge Injury    
Liverpool has opened an investigation into Daniel Sturridge's persistent injury problems after the striker suffered yet ...
Report: Messi Could Leave Barca over Tax Threat     
According to unnamed sources cited by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Lionel Messi may leave Barcelona due ...
Chelsea's Costa 'Totally Recovered' From Injury    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain's 3-0 win against ...
Klopp Hints at Reus Departure     
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is powerless to keep Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and hinted ...
Report: Blind Injury Not as Bad as Feared     
Manchester United on Thursday was boosted by the news that defender Daley Blind will be out ...
Parma Deducted Points for Missing Payments    
Serie A club Parma will be deducted between one and six points this season for failing ...
MLS MVP Finalists Still Alive     
For the first time since 2010, all three MLS MVP finalists still have a chance of ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives