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Former AC Milan star slams ‘reckless gamble’ signing Mario Balotelli

Dejan Savicevic has conceded that he doesn’t understand AC Milan’s decision to sign Mario Balotelli on loan from Liverpool this season.

Although an injury issue has limited the Italian striker to just 12 Serie A appearances this season, it has ultimately been a disappointing second spell at the San Siro.

Savicevic, who won several trophies with the Rossoneri between 1992 and 1998, has questioned the sense in bringing the 25-year-old back to Milan as he believes the club would have done well to look elsewhere.

“I honestly don’t understand why Milan decided to sign Balotelli last summer – It was a choice by the directors that I struggle to understand,” he said to Corriere dello Sport, as noted by Football Italia.

“I don’t mean that Balotelli isn’t a great striker, but that everyone knows what kind of a guy he is.

“The directors thought they could change him? I would’ve expected that a cautious club like Milan wouldn’t gamble that is so reckless and hard to win.”

The former Inter and Manchester City star is expected to return to Anfield at the end of the campaign, unless he does enough between now and the end of the season to convince Sinisa Mihajlovic that he deserves a long term deal.

Provided that doesn’t come to fruition, it remains to be seen whether or not Jurgen Klopp has plans to use him at Liverpool next season, which in turn raises doubts over where Balotelli goes next as he continues to fall short of reaching his full potential.

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