Mario Balotelli’s future is finally resolved after he signed “a multi-year contract” with hometown club Brescia in the Serie A.
After leaving Marseille at the end of last season, Balotelli has been on the lookout for a new club. Although he seemingly struggled to find many suitors despite his status as a free agent.
Therefore, reports had linked the former Manchester City striker with a shock move to Brazilian side Flamengo. A move to South America, though, failed to materialise following a breakdown in talks.
Shortly afterwards, it rumours began to emerge on Friday claiming that the striker had struck a deal with Brescia. Although the club refused to announce anything on Saturday for “superstitious” reasons.
But now the Serie A newcomers have finally confirmed the news and will undoubtedly hope Balotelli can bang in the goals to ensure their top-flight status for this season.
“Mario Balotelli Barwuah is officially a new player of Brescia Calcio S.p.A. The Footballer has signed a multi-year contract with the Rondinelle,” read a club statement.
“The return to Italy, after three years, was made possible by Mario’s determination and enthusiasm to return to Brescia, the city where he grew up and where he stood out for his physical and technical skills as a child.
“Tomorrow, August 19th, the footballer will be officially presented at the Brescia Calcio headquarters, Via Solferino 32, at 4.45pm.”
It will be the first time Balotelli has played in the Serie A since his loan stint at AC Milan during the 2015/16 campaign.
The Italian does, though, have a solid record in the league with 47 goals in 122 appearances for Inter Milan and AC Milan. So, Brescia have lots of reasons to be hopeful over the kind of impact he may make this season.
Balotelli could debut for his hometown club in next Sunday’s trip to Cagliari for their league opener.