Massimo Cellino says Mario Balotelli has lost interest in playing for Brescia and that he is destined to quit the club at the end of this season.
Mario Balotelli joined Brescia on a free transfer last summer. Initially signing a one-year deal, his contract was to automatically renew on the condition that the club avoids relegation.
The striker had also hoped to catch the eyes of Roberto Mancini with his performances so as to make a place for himself in Italy’s squad for the upcoming European championship.
But off-field issues have prevented him from making any positive impact so far. Moreover, he has contributed to just five goals in 19 games, failing to score in six matches prior to the coronavirus-enforced break.
And not only Balotelli’s chances of making into the national team now looks slim, but a contract renewal with his hometown club also seems far-fetched.
Brescia president Massimo Cellino expects him to leave the club at the end of this season as he criticizes the 29-year old for his attitude.
“He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted,” he told Telelombardia [via Football Italia].
“It’s not necessarily different to what he’s always done in his career. He’s just a bit anarchic.
“His contract is automatically annulled in case of relegation into Serie B. So, with all probability, he’ll be a free agent next season, considering our status.”