Mario Balotelli is still one of the best in the world: Agent
Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola talks about his client's situation at Liverpool and relationship with Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s agent has reiterated that his client his happy at Liverpool and both the parties will adapt to the needs of the other. Mino Raiola, who is also Paul Pogba's and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent, believes the Balotelli will return ‘stronger than ever’.
After the Italian striker was left out of Liverpool’s FA Cup squad to face Bolton, Brendan Rodgers had said that Balotelli needs to adapt his game and press, just like every other player in the squad.
Raiola confirmed that his client his happy at the club. “Yes, he is happy at Liverpool,” said Raiola.
“Nobody is happy to be left out but he reacted in a professional way.”
“They are different players,” he added. “Liverpool knew that and people need to know he is not (Luis) Suarez. Mario needs to adapt and Liverpool need to adapt.”
“Balotelli and Rodgers have a good relationship”
Raiola talked about Balotelli’s move to Anfield and his relationship with the manager.
He said, “He was injured and moved to a big club. Mario will win this struggle and become better. It is then up to Brendan Rodgers to give him a chance.
“They're talking and it is a good relationship. Mario likes him. They do not agree on everything. It is technical reasons they don't agree on but Mario will strive to give the manager what he wants. This move was the right thing to do in his career. He's still one of the best in the world.”
Rodgers dismissed reports of Balotelli leaving this window and said that the striker, who he labelled ‘a good boy’, will get chances to impress.
Raiola agreed with the manager, “We didn't ask to leave. It is too early, with the injury, to say we leave in January. There are no big problems. He's adapting to a new style that the manager wants. We'll see in the summer.”