Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has seen a possible move to Pescara ruled out by the club’s president Daniele Sebastiani.
Having ultimately been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield, the Italian international is back looking for a new club again this summer.
Balotelli failed to impress AC Milan enough during his season-long loan spell last year to earn a permanent move, which in turn had led to further uncertainty over his future.
With various other clubs from around Europe opting against making a move for him, newly-promoted Pescara are the latest to add their names to the list with Sebastiani revealing that they’re not interested in discussing a deal with the Reds.
“I know that his is the name that would get the most attention,” he told Mediaset, as noted by Corriere dello Sport. “[But] Mario is a great player and I think that the last thing he would do would be to come and play at Pescara or Crotone.
“We don’t need to buy figurines just to make somebody happy. We’re working behind the scenes on finding players with the right profile for Pescara. We’re running our own transfer market and if we want to do anything, we need to be patient.”
In turn, it’s another blow for the 25-year-old, who in fact showed the right attitude and temperament last season after years of criticism over his lack of maturity.
However, it was injury woes and a lack of form that conspired against him this time round, and despite all his problems over the years, many will still hope that there is a club still willing to give him a chance where he will be able to settle and showcase his talent.