Daily Journal masthead

Back with AC Milan, Balotelli aims to realize deceased father's wish and play at Euro 2016

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

MILAN — Mario Balotelli is hoping his loan move back to AC Milan enables him to realize a wish of his recently deceased adoptive father: to play for Italy again at next year's European Championship.

Balotelli's season-long loan from Liverpool was made official Thursday.

PHOTO: Italian soccer forward Mario Balotelli arrives at AC Milan headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. AC Milan's vice president Adriano Galliani said the club is in talks with Liverpool about bringing striker Mario Balotelli back to Serie A. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian soccer forward Mario Balotelli arrives at AC Milan headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. AC Milan's vice president Adriano Galliani said the club is in talks with Liverpool about bringing striker Mario Balotelli back to Serie A. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Balotelli says "I want to play in the European Championship and I'll do everything I can to do so. Seeing me in the national team shirt was one of my father's desires before he died. I owe it to him, too."

Francesco Balotelli died last month.

Balotelli has fallen out of favor with Italy coach Antonio Conte after scoring only one Premier League goal in his year at Liverpool.

His form last season was a far cry from when he led Italy to the final of Euro 2012.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow Daily Journal:

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.