Mario Balotelli will reportedly be asked to sign a good conduct clause at Liverpool…
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that incoming striker Mario Balotelli will adhere to the same code of conduct as every other player in his squad, as he looks to finalise a move for the £16m Italian.
The AC Milan star travelled to Merseyside for a medical yesterday, having reportedly agreed personal terms, and Rodgers has promised that the controversial forward will go from strength to strength at Anfield.
Daily Mail reports suggest that Liverpool have offered Balotelli huge financial incentives, that they hope will allow him to fulfill his potential at the club.
After Liverpool agreed a fee with Milan and held a string of positive meetings with Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, Balotelli flew into Manchester on Friday night for his medical and to meet Reds boss Rodgers face-to-face for the first time.
Hundreds of Liverpool fans cheered him when he finally left the training ground, leaving little doubt that the player will be warmly welcomed at Anfield.
If all goes well, the Italy striker will sign a three-year deal, worth £85,000-£90,000 per week. But there is also a bonus element worked to the contract that will see him rewarded if he reaches certain targets and does not step out of line.
Rodgers refused to answer direct questions on the player at a recent press conference, but did say: “Character is very important so no player would come in here if I felt it couldn’t work. It’s not just the coaching element. I always look at people as well — if I can help the person then it’s something I’ll look at.
“People who know me well will tell you that I try to develop the player and the person. If I feel that someone cares enough, I will give them everything.”
Balotelli will not feature against his former club Manchester City on Monday, but could be in the team for the following game, when Rodgers’ side host Aston Villa.