Mario Balotelli has been snubbed by AC Milan which means he may have to play nice if he wants to stay at a top European club.
Mario Balotelli may have secretly been hoping that speculation linking him with a move back to Italy would turn out to be true.
However, AC Milan have rejected claims that they were about to try and sign Balotelli with the club’s president Silvio Berlusconi even suggesting the striker would ‘infect every group where he goes’.
Bearing in mind Milan are one of the top sides in Italy, this is likely to be a common thought throughout the country.
So what next for the striker? He’s certainly not first choice at Manchester City and City boss Roberto Mancini may eventually lose his patience with a player he’s had confrontations with in the past.
Well he doesn’t really have any choice other than to turn up for training, sit on the bench and take his £170,000 per week.
There are very few top European sides and managers who may be willing to take a risk on him in the hope that he can start to produce his very best form.
A possible destination could be Paris Saint-Germain who seem intent on creating a ripple effect across the world of football. They could afford him and he would help them achieve their goals of any type of silverware.
The problem with that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will see himself as top dog at PSG and he may get a bit funny about Balotelli coming in and trying to steal his thunder.
However, they would be attracted to him because they are yet to achieve anything in a football sense as opposed to an established club that won’t jeopardise success for his arrival.
It’s a little bit bizarre as to why Balotelli, if the speculation is true, wants to try and force a way out of Manchester City.
He has a gaffer who believes he can be as good as Lionel Messi if he behaves and acts in the right way.
The thing that is stopping him from going to another giant club, and will continue to stop him, is the fact he seems intent on acting like a teenager for the rest of his career.
If he doesn’t sort himself out sooner rather than later then he’s just going to get passed around quicker than a hot potato until he eventually can’t warrant a move to a top level European club.
What next for Mario now that the Milan links have fallen through?