Tag: Mario Balotelli

Ex-United boss Ferguson reveals Rooney row, Balotelli interest

Ex-United boss Ferguson reveals Rooney row, Balotelli interest

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that he refused to allow Wayne Rooney to be paid more than him during a contract stand-off with the striker in 2010.

Rooney vowed to leave United after accusing the club of a lack of ambition, only to perform a sudden U-turn & sign a new five-year deal reportedly worth £180,000 ($279,000, 249,000 euros) a week.

But Ferguson reveals in his new book, 'Leading', which is released on Tuesday, that he engineered a deal of his own ensuring that no player could earn more than him, telling United's owners the Glazer family & then-chief executive David Gill he "did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made".

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Ferguson reveals Rooney wage row, Balotelli interest

Ferguson reveals Rooney wage row, Balotelli interest

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that he refused to allow Wayne Rooney to be paid more than him during a contract stand-off with the striker in 2010.

Rooney vowed to leave United after accusing the club of a lack of ambition, only to perform a sudden U-turn & sign a new five-year deal reportedly worth £180,000 ($279,000, 249,000 euros) a week.

But that was less than United initially offered him, with Ferguson revealing in his new book, 'Leading', which is released on Tuesday, that he told United's owners the Glazer family & then-chief executive David Gill he "did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made".

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Guarin fires Inter top as Balotelli returns to fray

Guarin fires Inter top as Balotelli returns to fray

Milan (AFP) – A Fredy Guarin piledriver fired Inter Milan two points clear at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over AC Milan, for whom Mario Balotelli made his second debut on Sunday.

Having failed to qualify for Europe this season, both Milan giants are desperate to make up for years of underachiement — & on this performance may now fancy their chances of a top finish, especially given Juventus's early season woes.

If Milan were overawed by the hostile atmosphere at a packed San Siro, it didn't show as they shaded a lively first half & produced a solid performance after the restart.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

'Overweight' Balotelli not ready, says Mihajlovic

'Overweight' Balotelli not ready, says Mihajlovic

Milan (AFP) – AC Milan fans hoping to see Mario Balotelli hit top form for the first city derby of the season were kept in check Friday by Rossoneri coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Balotelli, who has returned to the San Siro on a season-long loan deal, hit the opener, provided an assist & won a penalty on Thursday as Milan beat fourth division side Modena 3-2 in a friendly during the break for international fixtures.

Balotelli's goal from distance showed the striker, whose departure from Liverpool was widely applauded by Reds aficionados, has not lost his nose for goal.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

'Overweight' Balotelli not ready, says Mihajlovic

'Overweight' Balotelli not ready, says Mihajlovic

Milan (AFP) – AC Milan fans hoping to see Mario Balotelli hit top form for the first city derby of the season were kept in check Friday by Rossoneri coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Balotelli, who has returned to the San Siro on a season-long loan deal, hit the opener, provided an assist & won a penalty on Thursday as Milan beat fourth division side Modena 3-2 in a friendly during the break for international fixtures.

Balotelli's goal from distance showed the striker, whose departure from Liverpool was widely applauded by Reds aficionados, has not lost his nose for goal.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Soccer-Sturridge back in training, Markovic set for exit

Soccer-Sturridge back in training, Markovic set for exit

* Sturridge training yet no timeline on return

* Markovic in line for Fenerbahce loan move (adds Rodgers comments)

Aug 28 (Reuters) – Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool training for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in May yet the striker will not be rushed back into action.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Fulfilling a father's wish: Balotelli aims for Euro 2016

Fulfilling a father's wish: Balotelli aims for Euro 2016

MILAN (AP) — Back with AC Milan after a dismal season at Liverpool, Mario Balotelli is hoping to realize a wish of his recently deceased adoptive father: playing for Italy again at next year's European Championship in France.

Balotelli's season-long loan was made official Thursday.

''I want to do well with Milan to regain the national team shirt,'' Balotelli said. ''I've just received to work now. One step at a time. And if I put some things together just maybe I'll obtain to France.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Soccer-Balotelli blames Rodgers tactics for poor Liverpool stint

Soccer-Balotelli blames Rodgers tactics for poor Liverpool stint

(Adds Balotelli comments)

Aug 27 (Reuters) – Maverick striker Mario Balotelli blamed his poor Liverpool stint on manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics after completing his season-long loan move to AC Milan on Thursday.

The controversial player failed to make an impact at Anfield last season, scoring only one goal in 16 Premier League appearances as the club finished sixth in the table.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Fulfilling a father's wish: Balotelli aims for Euro 2016

Fulfilling a father's wish: Balotelli aims for Euro 2016

MILAN (AP) — Back with AC Milan after a dismal season at Liverpool, Mario Balotelli is hoping to realize a wish of his recently deceased adoptive father: playing for Italy again at next year's European Championship in France.

Balotelli's season-long loan was made official Thursday.

''I want to do well with Milan to regain the national team shirt,'' Balotelli said. ''I've just received to work now. One step at a time. And if I put some things together just maybe I'll obtain to France.

Read more

Share and Enjoy

Balotelli to have good behaviour clause in Milan contract

Balotelli to have satisfactory behaviour clause in Milan contract

MILAN (Reuters) – Maverick striker Mario Balotelli will have a satisfactory behaviour clause inserted into his contract with AC Milan, banning extravagant haircuts & clothing & committing him to a healthy lifestyle.

Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport said on Wednesday that the club's chief executive Adriano Galliani had based the clause on regulations which are applied to people who serve in the Italian air force.

The 25-year-old, repeatedly criticised for his poor work rate, is set to return to Milan just one year after leaving for Liverpool, where he had a dismal season.

Read more

Share and Enjoy