Mario Balotelli signs for Brescia

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli joins Brescia | Sports News 2019-08-18

Balotelli was born in Palermo, but moved to Brescia aged two and his adoptive family still lives there.

"My mum cried initially when I told her that I might be going to Brescia ... she was very happy", Balotelli said at his first news conference as a Brescia player on Monday.

"My father was from Brescia, he was always in Brescia, for him it would have been a dream to see me here".

The striker leaves Marseille after an acceptable campaign and returns to Italy for free, where has not played since his brief spell at AC Milan in the 2015-16 season.

That was a second spell at Milan for Balotelli, who also played for the Rossoneri's city rival, Inter Milan.

"When Brescia's offer arrived, I didn't think of anything else. Brescia can give me everything, it is the team of my city And I can give more to Brescia than to others". "There is no fear of failing, I hope to help this team grow as much as possible". After scoring against Manchester United, he revealed a T-shirt under his City jersey reading, "Why Always Me?"

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The 29-year-old Italy will be presented at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti later on Monday. "Because the current coach is fair".

Balotelli, who has 36 caps for Italy, has not featured on the global stage since last September as coach Roberto Mancini said he was not playing at a high enough standard.

However, Balotelli's debut in the Brescia shirt is not imminent as the striker has to serve a four-match ban and his return could be on September 25 against Juventus.

As such, on the back of 6 months in Ligue 1 with Marseille following the turn of the year, during which he found the net an impressive 8 times in 12 appearances, Balotelli has today signed on with his 8th club.

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