VIDEO: Multi-tasking master Balotelli dances & irons while reading 'I Am Zlatan'

July 23rd, 2014

The Italian posted a short video of himself relaxing by doing a bit of housework, catching up on Ibrahimovic’s autobiography and doing a little jig – all at the same time!

Mario Balotelli made his case by being football’s ultimate multi-tasker by sharing a video of him dancing, ironing and reading all at once!

The AC Milan forward, who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal, posted a short but comical clip on his official Instagram page of him dancing from side-to-side, but that’s not enough for the Italian.

The video was tagged with the statement “reading books is cool” by Balotelli, who is seen flicking through the pages of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography, entitled ‘I Am Zlatan’.

Reading and dancing is apparently nothing to the ex-Manchester City man, though, as he shows that the modern multi-millionaire footballer is not immune to doing a little bit of housework as he irons on of his t-shirts simultaneously.

Milan – or whomever signs the striker, should he leave San Siro – will be hoping that Balotelli can transfer these multi-tasking skills on to the football pitch in 2014-15!

Check out the clip below and weigh in on the comment section below if you think Balotelli is a world class football player or just a world class clown.

Inzaghi: Clean slate for Balotelli

July 22nd, 2014

The Italy striker has been linked with a return to the Premier League, but his new coach is prepared to forget any of his previous troubles and grant him a fresh start

AC Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi says he is prepared to give Mario Balotelli a clean slate after revealing he is not interested in selling his star man.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, just 18 months into a four-and-a-half year deal at San Siro.

However, Inzaghi – who replaced Clarence Seedorf in the Rossoneri hotseat earlier this summer – has no interest in selling the Italy star and is willing to forget his troubled past.

“Balotelli is a very important player and belongs to Milan,” he said. “I’ll interact with him in the way I do with other players.

“I’ll forget everything I’ve heard about him either in a good or a bad way because I want to get to know people to get the best out of them.

“The club make the decisions but for me, Mario is a talented guy who plays for Milan and the national team.”

Inzaghi, 40, also gave an insight into his plans for the striker this season, as he looks to get the best out of a player who struck 19 times in 43 appearances for club and country last term.

“He should be a second striker because he is the first reference point along with Pazzini. I think we’ll stay that way.”

AC Milan open door to Balotelli exit

July 21st, 2014

The Serie A side are keen to sell the Italy international but, despite holding talks over the striker, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested he will not sign another forward

By Gaia Brunelli

AC Milan are keen to sell Mario Balotelli this summer and would accept a €20 million offer for the controversial striker, Goal understands.

The Rossoneri will take part in the International Champions Cup, which kicks off on July 24, and are eager to put a move in place for the striker before the squad meets up for the pre-season tournament.

The former Manchester City striker, who is currently on holiday in New York, is understood to favour a return to the Premier League with Arsenal.

Goal revealed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had arranged to meet with Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola during the World Cup for talks over a move for the striker.

But, after signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for €40m, Wenger has since ruled out signing another forward this summer.

“Up front we don’t need any more,” the French coach said. “It’s not especially for numbers.

“We need a goalkeeper for sure and, after that, it depends on how our midfielders get through without injuries until the start of the season. Maybe at centre-back we’ll still bring one in.”

Milan president Silvio Berlusconi reportedly claimed the club missed out on a €35m deal to sell Balotelli to an unnamed Premier League club because of the striker’s disappointing World Cup showing.

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Betting: Will Balotelli be the next high-profile addition to Arsenal's ranks?

July 21st, 2014

With Alexis Sanchez having swapped Spain for England and the Emirates, Arsene Wenger is tipped to keep on spending and could yet move for the AC Milan star

Having already signed Alexis Sanchez to great fanfare and with Sami Khedira a target, Arsenal appear finally to be foregoing promising young talent in favour of established stars.
This shift in transfer policy has created great excitement among Gunners fans, who will soon be feeling even more optimistic should rumours surrounding Mario Balotelli’s imminent arrival prove correct.

Despite scoring 18 goals, the mercurial striker endured a disappointing season with AC Milan, who now appear ready to sell their prized asset in order to raise funds for a much-needed rebuild.

With Balotelli recently pictured posing alongside an Arsenal club crest while on holiday, Paddy Power have now cut the odds to 4/9 (1.44) on him becoming Arsene Wenger’s next marquee signing.

While the Rossoneri deny rumours of an agreement with the London club, there is unlikely to be a shortage of other takers for the talented 23-year-old should such a move not go through.

In need of a new high-profile signing in order to make up for the imminent departure of Real Madrid-bound James Rodriguez, Monaco are on offer at 4/1 (5.00) to flex their considerable financial muscle for the Italy international.

Similarly, Liverpool have money to spend in order to replace Luis Suarez, and are available at 6/1 (7.00) to bring the former Manchester City man back to the Premier League.

Having recruited heavily from Serie A recently, Paris Saint-Germain are priced at 10/1 (11.00) to team Balotelli up with fellow former Milan players Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Meanwhile, ex-Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli is on offer at 10/1 (11.00) to bring Balotelli with him to Istanbul and new club Galatasaray, while those same odds are also available on an reunion occurring in London with former Inter boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Although Manchester United look set to spend big under new boss Louis Van Gaal, odds of 14/1 (15.00) represent a long shot on them persuading a former Etihad hero to change colours, while Real Madrid 14/1 (15.00) also appear unlikely suitors as they focus their attention elsewhere in the market.

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Balotelli does not live in reality, says Prandelli

July 21st, 2014

The former Italy boss claims the striker must learn from his past experiences and feels Serie A sides are getting their priorities wrong

Former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli lives in his own world “far away from reality” – though he insists he is not a bad person.

Balotelli netted the winner in Italy’s 2-1 World Cup win over England, but failed to make an impact in the defeats against Costa Rica and Uruguay and was heavily criticised for those performances as the Azzurri crashed out of the group stage.

“Balotelli is a good guy, really. He is not a bad person,” Prandelli told Corriere della Sera.

“But he lives in a dimension that is far away from reality.

“That doesn’t say anything, though. He is only 24 years old and has the possibility to build on this experience.”

Prandelli then went on to stress that Italy’s biggest problem is that clubs care about their own interests more than those of the national team, whereas world champions Germany benefit from an entirely different mindset.

“When Germany were in trouble, they asked themselves the question which team was the most important. Their answer was Germany and not Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund,” he continued.

“In Italy only 38 per cent of the players are Italian. Juventus have six foreigners in their starting XI. I have told the clubs to focus on their youth players, but if even those teams are full of foreign players…

“The most important team in Italy is not Juventus, Roma, Inter or AC Milan, but it’s the national team. That’s the only way to get ready for major tournaments.”

The newly-appointed Galatasaray boss acknowledged that he was ultimately responsible for Italy’s poor World Cup campaign, however.

“The project simply didn’t work in Brazil. We tried to play in a certain way, but we did not succeed,” he added.

“We should have caused Costa Rica problems with our strategy, but we were unable to do so. This was the responsibility of the technical staff and we failed. Period. That’s my responsibility.”

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