Agent Blames Toddler’s Absence For Balotelli Slump
The 24-year-old has yet to score in a Premier League game for the Merseyside club, but speaking on the sidelines of Tuesday night’s Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain – where another of his clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was playing – Mino Raiola says that having to adapt to life without his one-year-old daughter was the reason behind Balotelli’s lack of form.
“It is wrong to criticise him,” Raiola told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
“You have to give him time to adapt to Liverpool. His bad time is not related to football, rather than to the fact that he cannot see his daughter as often as he would like.”
Balotelli’s daughter Pia lives in Italy with her mother.
Raiola has also ruled out a move back to Italy for the striker and hinted that the decision to move to his homeland with AC Milan from Manchester City in January 2013 was down to the player.
“Mario Balotelli will never return to play in Italy,” he added.
“Once before I listened to him and I made the mistake to bring him back.”
Earlier this week, Raiola suggested that there were certain, unspecified, non-footballing reasons behind the decision that Balotelli would never again play in Italy.
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