Mario Balotelli has re-joined AC Milan on a season-long loan – immediately declaring he needs stop talking and knuckle down.
The Liverpool striker, who had been training away from the first team squad for most of the last month, has been in Milan over the weekend in an attempt to thrash out a deal to take him away from Anfield.
Balotelli was pictured coming out of a black Audi wearing a red Puma hoodie as he made his way into hospital before penning a deal.
He said: ‘I’m happy to have returned. I have little to say, just that I’m looking forward to training and proving my worth.
‘I’m physically well – I just have to train with the squad.
‘I have a lot of motivation but I just have to work and not speak.
‘Did I think I would return to Milan? Yes, I always had Milan in my heart and I always had hope that I would return one day.
‘Will I end my career here? I just have to start to work and have a good year, just have to work and that’s that.’
Milan, who sold Balotelli to Liverpool for £16million, don’t have to pay a loan fee for the 25-year-old and it is understood that Liverpool will pay half of the salary he will receive at the San Siro – a figure which is likely to be in the region of £2.5m.
A statement from Milan read: ‘At 8:26 this morning, Mario Balotelli has arrived to La Madonnina Clinic to undergo today’s medical.’
Balotelli, on £80,000 a week, scored just once in the Premier League for the Reds, during a 3-2 win against Tottenham back in February – adding another three in cup competitions.
It is not yet known whether the deal will include a clause that requires Milan to make his signing permanent in 12 months’ time but what is clear is that Liverpool will be relieved to move on a player who has spectacularly flopped during his time on Merseyside.
A number of clubs have been linked with Balotelli during the summer, most notably Sampdoria, Lazio and Bologna, but Milan are the only team who have shown firm interest in the maverick striker.