Adana Demirspor striker Mario Balotelli half-jokingly offered himself to Milan and admitted Jose Mourinho made him ‘laugh out loud’ often.
The 33-year-old Italian striker left FC Sion in a rather acrimonious fashion earlier this month and returned to Turkey, penning a one-year contract with an option for a second with Adana.
Last season, Balotelli netted six goals in 18 league appearances in Switzerland, and some fans hoped he’d return to Serie A after deciding to leave Sion recently.
Speaking to TVPlay via Calciomercato.com, Balotelli was first asked about Milan’s search for a new centre forward.
“Here I am. Milan’s problem is that the young players you sign then have to deal with San Siro, which is not a stadium like any other, you need players with personality.”
He gave his thoughts on Stefano Pioli and Rafael Leao’s contributions to Milan.
“I like Pioli, but if Leao isn’t good Milan do very little. If Leao has a bad day, it’s difficult for Milan to win.”
“Mourinho has never been a coach with a great game. He is more charismatic, he gives you grit and competitive malice. He has his ideas about the game, but he doesn’t go too much for tactics. Mou has a good character, he’s special.
“He made me laugh out loud. There were also clashes, but he motivated you. He brought out the best and the worst in you. That Inter I played for was a squad of 25 phenomena.”
He then touched on the Portuguese coach’s work with the Giallorossi.
“Mourinho arrived at Roma and won the Conference League, but he is a coach who always wins. And it is something you have to have inside. You cannot always attack Mourinho, he is unassailable. Even Mancini had the squad and he, however, did not win like Mou.”
Balotelli was amused at the suggestion that he join Inter following Marko Arnautovic’s injury, becoming the fourth-string option.
“The eighth choice maybe! I’m happy at Adana.”
Finally, Balotelli refused to rule out a possible move to Saudi Arabia.
“If the project works, I too will go in a few years.”