Italian striker Mario Balotelli has completed his transfer from AC Milan to Liverpool FC, the Merseyside club have confirmed.
Mario Balotelli’s future at San Siro came under increased speculation this summer and the 24-year-old striker has finally completed his long awaited move from AC Milan to Liverpool. Balotelli has signed a three-year deal with the Reds and the transfer fee involved in this move is £16m.
Balotelli joined AC Milan in 2013, after spending nearly three years at Manchester City. The Italian international has scored 30 goals in 54 appearances, during his stint at San Siro and Brendan Rodgers saw him as the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona this summer.
The Italian international expressed his delight at having joined the English club and believes in the potential of this team.
“I’m very happy. We’ve been talking about coming here and now I’m happy to be here.
“Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here.
“It’s a great team with young players, and that’s why I came here.” – Balotelli said in his first interview.
Brendan Rodgers is also confident that the club will provide the former Manchester City striker with the right platform to fulfil his promise as a player.
“This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here.
“There is no doubting Mario’s ability; he is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest level.
“He has scored goals in the Barclays Premier League, in Italy, in the Champions League and for his country at international level.
“I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential. We are a strong group here, committed to hard work and he will benefit from being around it.
“I am looking forward to working with him and helping him learn more, improve and progress as a player. I’m sure the supporters will make him feel very welcome.” – The Liverpool manager said.