Thought you had seen the back of Mario Balotelli, think again. It seems that ‘Super Mario’ could return to the Premier League just one year after joining AC Milan.
The former Manchester City striker left for his boyhood dream club for a fee of €20m after a controversy ravaged spell at Manchester City - and the way things started it didn’t look like he would be coming back soon.
He scored 12 goals in the 13 games he played last season - and bagged a further nine in 20 so far this term.
But Milan are struggling. Currently languishing in 13th place in the Serie A table Balotelli is just one player said to be tired of the clubs messy affairs.
And now his agent, the infamously outspoken Mino Raiola, has told Abu Dhabi based publication The National that he could leave - and that Chelsea could be an incredible destination:
“Mario wishes to leave Milan in January. We don’t know where he will go at the moment, we are looking at the different possibilities. Chelsea is one of the options, but there has been no offers."
The report itself hypothesises:
Balotelli is on holiday in Dubai, with Milan’s next league game not until January 6. Conveniently, officials from Chelsea are in Dubai to attend the Globe Soccer Conference.
Chelsea need a striker, that we all know, and Mourinho has worked with the troublesome striker before at Inter Milan.
But that was not always the prettiest of relaltionships.
In 2011 Mourinho said “he could write a book of 200 pages of my two years at Inter with Mario, but the book would not be a drama – it would be a comedy.” The two publicly clashed and Mourinho branded him a ‘child’ and ‘impossible’ during their time together. In 2012 Balotelli stated:
“He's a great manager but he didn't understand me so he said that nobody can understand me. But I think the only one that cannot understand me is him, so it's his problem."
As much as an in-form and disciplined Balotelli would be a good signing for Chelsea - considering the past the two have it seems unlikely.
But then again this is Mario Balotelli, expect the unexpected.