Mario Balotelli is ‘disappointed’ with the first five months of his Liverpool career, but is determined to prove himself a success at Anfield, according to his agent.
Balotelli is yet to fire a Premier League goal for the Reds, and has just two goals to his name since his £16million move from AC Milan – the last of which came in October.
But agent Mino Raiolo insists the forward will be going nowhere, after holding a pep talk with his client.
“The plan is to continue at Anfield. I saw him Monday and told him: ‘You have a 4 year contract and I won’t bring you away. Or you leave Liverpool at 60-70 million, and I won my bet, or you’ll die there,’ Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It’s the first time I make a speech like that to a player. I’ve seen him quiet, changed, different than Milan. He’s very disappointed with himself, too. He’s going through a bad time like he never had. In Liverpool he hasn’t his spaces: if you don’t make things as they want, you stay out. Then he was broken for eight weeks, he lost the rhythm.
“Of all the players I knew I’ve never met one forced to face the injustices suffered by Mario – people do not know him, the truth is that Mario is an insecure boy, and due to his insecurity maybe he does stupid things.”