Paul Scholes: I was wrong over Liverpool signing Mario Balotelli

Paul Scholes does not see a way back for Mario Balotelli at Liverpool.

Former Manchester United striker Paul Scholes has admitted to The Independent he thought Liverpool's Mario Balotelli deal was a smart one, but does not foresee a future for him at the club.

Balotelli scored only one Premier League goal for the Reds, and featured in only 16 games.

Scholes selected Balotelli as one of his two biggest disappointments of the season, alongside Angel di Maria.

He said: "I was one of those who thought that £16m was too good a deal to turn down for an Italy international. It is hard to make that case now.

"He has had a few injury problems, but most of all it has been the sulking that has been the major issue. He just has not fitted the way that Brendan Rodgers has wanted to play at Liverpool."

Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola told SkySports this week that the forward intended to stay at Anfield next season, insisting club and player have held talks and are happy to try again.

Scholes is sceptical it will work, adding: "Perhaps next season he might flourish but I don’t think he’ll get a second chance."

If he did want to move on, Balotelli's options are limited. If he joined another Premier League club he would have to take a step down to a mid-table side, likewise with Italy, having burned his bridges with both Milan clubs, and simply not showing he is good enough to play for Juventus, Roma or Napoli, judged on his performances over the past two seasons.

Balotelli and Liverpool are unlikely to be a long term partnership, but he can muster enough of a contribution next season to earn himself a good transfer move elsewhere, both parties are likely to end up happy.

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