DONE DEAL: Balotelli Joins Salford City: Italian Signs Subject To International Clearance

Italian joins minnows.

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Salford City have signed Enoch Balotelli, the brother of Manchester City and Italy striker Mario.

City are ninth in the Northern Premier League First Division North.

Chairman Darren Quick told BBC North West Sport: “He’s been training with us and he’s signed for us, subject to international clearance.

“It’s great for Salford. We hope he can play a few games for us and he can use it as a stepping stone to find a level more suited to him.”

Enoch is two years younger than 22-year-old sibling Mario, who joined City in August 2010 for a reported fee of around £24m.

He has had trials with a number of English clubs, including a spell at Stoke City last season.

Quick added: “I’ve not met him but I’m told he’s a really nice lad and a really good footballer.

“We play a decent standard of football but some lads don’t want to drop that level.

“These things can work for both parties. We might get a few more through the gate, and maybe his brother might even come and watch us.”

The club have said it could take up to two weeks for international clearance to come through.


No, not Mario but Enoch.

But his younger brother’s arrival in Salford, which is just up the road from Manchester, suggests that Mario Balotelli is more settled in North East than the media have been suggested in the last few weeks.

The maverick City star has been linked with a move back to his homeland with either AC Milan or Inter Milan, after being left out of the squad for City’s 2-1 win against Tottenham last weekend.

Man United left-back and friend of Mario, Patrice Evra even suggested today that the former Inter forward was desperate to return home, although it’s possible that the French left-back was attempting to unsettle a United’s key title rivals!

But it’s safe to assume that if Mario has recommended the region to brother Enoch, who has also had a trial at Premier League Stoke City, he is happy to stay with the Premier League Champions for the foreseeable future.

The Premier League would be an infinitely more dull place without the older Balotelli brother in it, so anything that’ll keep the Italy international happy is fine by us! Good luck Enoch.

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