Mario Balotelli has named former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini as his favourite coach, while labelling Brendan Rodgers ‘a disaster’.
The striker, now at OGC Nice in France, is happy again, having found his shooting boots since leaving Liverpool after a two-year nightmare.
One of the most sought-after talents a few years back, the Italian played for Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool, all before reaching the age of 26. However, a poor attitude and disciplinary issues, along with a huge ego, have seen his stock plummet.
Sitting down with Gazzetta dello Sport (H/T the Mirror), the forward rated the coaches he worked with over the years, and surprisingly, he is not mad at Jurgen Klopp.
“For me, the one most on the ball remains Mancini: fantastic, I owe him so much.
“In second place I put (Lucien) Favre (of Nice) with (Jose) Mourinho: the Portuguese is talented and motivated, it is a pity that we had a falling out.
“The worst? Not Klopp, I am not angry with him. If he has created a certain situation at Liverpool, maybe he should have had more patience with me.
“In truth, I had the biggest disappointment with Rodgers. I enjoyed myself with him in training but our relationship was a disaster.”
Balotelli insists he is pleased with how things are at Nice. They are currently top of Ligue 1, thanks to his goals, and could end their season with the title.
“Now I am calm,” he remarked. “There is less pressure, clearly. Some autographs, nothing more.”