AC Milan sporting director Umberto Gandini has revealed that Mario Balotelli’s move to Liverpool made his club happy.
The misfiring striker joined the Reds as Luis Suarez's replacement towards the end of the summer transfer window for a reported £16 million fee.
His time on Merseyside has so far proven to be an unhappy one for the Italian international as his Premier League struggles have resulted in missing out on a call-up to the national team.
The 24-year-old has often been found wanting in Brendan Rodgers’s fast-paced system and his lack of quick movement has been called upon by pundits and experts alike.
With this in mind perhaps the much slower paced Italian game with its technical formalities was the place to be for Balotelli to showcase his talents, or according to Milan’s Gandini, perhaps not.
The sporting director revealed to the press yesterday that the striker’s style of play failed to fit in at the Rossoneri and hinted that the Reds did his side a big favour in taking the striker off their hands.
"We all felt coming to Italy, to a place where he was loved, would have been the ideal environment for him to blossom into a star player, but it didn't work out for both sides.” He said, quoted by the Daily star.
"Mario was not the kind of player we were looking for in order to have a better team on the pitch. On the other hand, he probably felt the Premier League was the best stage for him to perform on and he wanted to go back there.
"So Liverpool came at just the right time. It just made everyone happy."
Balotelli had an impressive record of 26 goals in 43 league games with the Italian giants, but the team’s overall performances declined as they failed to secure Champions League football.
The controversial frontman still has plenty of time to turn his career around at Anfield but perhaps a few tweaks to his game are needed to get the best out of his unique ability.