Raiola: “World class talent” Balotelli will return to Premier League in future

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Mario Balotelli has risen and fallen time and time again, but his agent says that he will be back on the world’s biggest stage sooner rather than later.

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The Italian striker completed a move to Ligue 1 side Nice this summer in order to revitalize his sputtering career, however, super agent Mino Raiola believes Balotelli will be back in the Premier League as early as next summer.

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“Italy is unlivable for him because of the attention he gets,” Raiola told the Daily Mail. “If he proves he can become stable at Nice and score goals then imagine how attractive he would be to a Premier League manager next summer as a free agent.

“France needs him, like they needed Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). He is good for the league but he will absolutely return to the Premier League. What would a real manager rather do? Gamble £100m on a striker or take Balotelli? Because no one can tell me he is not a world-class talent.”

Whether it’s true or not that Balotelli cannot handle the immense spotlight when at a bigger club, there has never been a question of his ability when he has devoted his entire focus to the sport.

In one league appearance for Nice, the 26-year-old has already notched two finishes in France. Balotelli has had six double-digit scoring seasons in his career, but during his time in England with Manchester City the forward only totaled 30 goals in 80 matches (over once every 2.5 matches).

Raiola revealed though that he regrets his decision to allow Balotelli to leave City after just three seasons.

“I should not have given him his way when he asked to leave City. It is the one big mistake I made,” Raiola added.

“Mario was unhappy and I should have said, ‘You’re feeling ****? You don’t like your job? Tough, grow up, get on with it.’ I needed to be cruel to be kind, but I was too nice. Mario’s flaw was that he was looking for love. He needed to be egocentric. He needed to eat, sleep,  and  football, no one else.”