Gianfranco Zola: I’d sign Mario Balotelli without a second thought

The Al-Arabi boss has offered the Liverpool flop an opportunity to ‘recharge his batteries’ in Qatar.

Al-Arabi boss Gianfranco Zola has stated that he would sign floundering Liverpool attacker Mario Balotelli ‘without a second thought’, as per The Daily Mail.

The Italy international joined the Anfield outfit last summer for £16 million but had a largely underwhelming campaign back in English football.

With Balotelli failing to live up to his potential, the former Manchester City man has fallen down Brendan Rodgers’ pecking order.

The tempestuous Italian’s future is a point of contention currently, especially given that the Reds have added Christian Benteke, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino to their attacking options in the off-season.

When questioned about Balotelli and fellow temperamental forward Antonio Cassano, the former Chelsea forward has stated that he would welcome his countrymen to the Arabian Gulf with open arms.

“Cassano and Balotelli? They are two top players, and it could be an excellent opportunity for them to play in a league with less scrutiny, recharge their batteries, and return to Europe as protagonists,” Zola is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.

“I'd recommend it as an experience. We have a lot of players, but if I had the opportunity [to sign them] I'd so it without a second thought.”

Rodgers has already allowed Rickie Lambert to join West Brom, with Fabio Borini also seemingly surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Balotelli has proven that if he applies himself he can be a deadly weapon, but his attitude has been too hot and cold for the striker to be a real success in English football.

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