MILAN – 3 Milan youth sector players have been called-up to the Italy U-19 squad for the friendly matches with Holland on the 3rd of September and the Republic of Ireland on the 7th of September. They are: defender Ivan De Santis, midfielder Manuel Locatelli and forward Luca Vido. Both of Italy’s matches will be played at the Simonetta Lamberti Stadium in Cava dei Tirreni (Salerno).
AC Milan announces the signing of Mario Balotelli on loan from Liverpool FC until the 30th of June 2016. Click here to read more.
MILANELLO – The rossoneri will continue with their build-up to this Saturday’s Serie A match at home to Empoli by training this morning at 10.00 at Milanello.
MILAN – Mario Balotelli is thankful for the opportunity that has been given to him and the trust shown in him by Milan. In an interview with Premium Sport, this is what he had to say:
"Before there was Mario the boy, now Mario has come back a man: my career as a man starts now. I thank Mihajlovic who wanted me, the President who has shown faith in me and I did not expect it, and Galliani. They put their trust in Balotelli the man more than Balotelli the player, because everybody knows what I can do on the pitch. I hope that I can help Milan and I am dreaming of the Italian national side: I still care a great deal about the Italy jersey and to play again for the national side would also be a gift to my father. He really wanted that and I know that he was unhappy knowing that I was no longer playing for Italy."
MILAN – During his lengthy interview with the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mario Balotelli revealed that his move back to Milan all happened very quickly and spoke about his determination to impress his new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic:
"Milan? It all happened so quickly. Raiola (Balotelli’s agent, editor’s note) told me on Saturday. I knew I would find another team because I am not finished. But I am grateful to Milan, because, to tell the truth, I did not expect them to bring me back. The ‘yes’ from Berlusconi was the biggest surprise of them all. My time at Liverpool? I take my responsibilities, but the system chosen by Rodgers wasn’t suited to my characteristics. Mihajlovic? He wanted to look me in the eyes, to understand if I had the right motivation. He listened to me: I told him that I have understood my errors and that if he gave me this chance, I would not let him down. I have a huge debt towards him. Clauses in the contract? I use social network sites just like the others, someone may not like me, but I have never hurt anyone, if I have ever done any damage it is only to my career, nothing else."
Balotelli has one eye on EURO 2016 in France: "Yes, I am thinking about it, I want to play well for Milan and earn the Italy shirt again. But for now I simply have to work. One step at a time. If I score lots of goals then maybe I will be in France. I want to play at the European Championships, I will do everything I can to achieve that. To see me again in the Italian national side was one of my father’s wishes before he passed away. I owe it also to him."
MILAN – Mario Balotelli is determined to bounce back after his spell at Liverpool. Speaking to the Italian daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, the forward explained why:
"I feel like someone who has just put the first part of his career to one side. Played and lived like a boy. But the ‘match’ is not over… Now I will have my say and live like a man. I know that many people don’t believe in my comeback. But I have to try. And have the belief that I can do it. I have a promise to keep to myself, my family, Milan, Mihajlovic, Raiola and all those that want the best for me… I know that I cannot make any more mistakes. I will accept all of the rules. I haven’t forgotten how to play football. I am 25 years old and I am no longer a kid. I’ve wasted too many chances. Then there is life in which there are situations which help you to mature. There is the joy of finding out what it means to be a father and the pain of losing one. My daughter? Infinitely adorable. When Pia smiles, the world that at times seems black and white has colour again. I am madly in love with my daughter. I will try and bring her closer to Milan."