Jurgen Klopp comments on Mario Balotelli future

Balotelli

The ex-Manchester City man is struggling at San Siro this season.

As quoted by Squawka, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded to questions about Mario Balotelli's future on Merseyside.

The 25-year-old striker has endured a horrendous last few years on the goalscoring front, netting once in 16 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season after being loaned out by the Reds following his one Premier League goal for them in the 2014-15 campaign.

With the Italy forward coming toward the end of his season-long loan, the obvious question is if Balotelli - signed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, for £16 million - has any future on Merseyside under Rodgers's replacement Klopp.

“It’s not the moment to talk about this. It’s really difficult, that’s all I can say," the German manager is quoted as saying by Squawka. "He has a lot of opportunities in Italy to show his development. We have to make a decision but it’s not today.”

 

By virtue of his struggles in Italy, it remains unlikely that the former Manchester City man will be retained by Klopp during the summer.

 

The problem is that Milan, who sold him to Liverpool in August 2014, are unlikely to want him back on a permanent basis if his form this season is anything to go by, meaning the Reds could struggle to shift him off the books.

 

His contract expires next summer but his reported £80,000-a-week salary (The Guardian) might also prove something of a deterrent for potential suitors, and Balotelli may not be the type of player who would accept a wage cut even if it helped his career.

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