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Mario Balotelli rejects Middle East move

Liverpool’s flop forward rejects Dubai move to reignite his stalled career at Anfield.

 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to offload the Italian forward who suffered a disastrous 2014-15 season with the Reds. Brendan Rodgers signed Balotelli as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez for £16 million transfer fee. However, the 24-year-old forward endured the worst season of his career, scoring only a single goal in 10 Premier League appearances for The Reds.

Balotelli was approach by Al Ahli, a small club based in Dubai, but the club coach Cosmin Olariou confirmed that the former AC Milan man didn’t find the move tempting enough.

“We thought about Balotelli and we even had a discussion with his agent Mino Raiola,” Olaroiu told Italian media.

“But Balotelli turned down our proposal because he wants to play for another.”

The Italian clubs Sampdoria and Bologna have also showed interest in Balotelli but no significant move has been made to lure Mario back to Serie A.

One the other hand, Al Ahli have acquired the services of Benfica’s Brazilian forward Lima instead.

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