Mario Balotelli spends the 2021/22 season in Turkey: in the summer he changed the Italian Monza to the newcomer of the main league Adana Demirspor. Everything is going very well: 9 goals and 5 assists in 21 matches.
Even Roberto Mancini was impressed.
Mario will go with Italy to the January training camp – Mancini still believes in him
Insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Balotelli has been called up to the national team for the first time since September 2018. The striker will go with the team to the January training camp, where the Italians will prepare for the junction against North Macedonia (March 24).
Mancini said he was counting on Mario back in September 2021: “I worked with Balotelli (at Inter and Man City – Sports.ru) when he was young and performed well. He was and still is a great technical player. Let’s not forget he’s 31 so he should be at his peak. Of course, everyone who knows him is disappointed that Mario has not shown himself to the fullest for the last 5-6 years.
Let’s briefly recall the exploits of Mario in the national team: in 36 matches, he scored 14 goals, two of which turned out to be especially striking. This, of course, is about a double for the Germans in the semi-finals of Euro 2012. True, they still failed to take the trophy: in the final, the Italians were defeated by Spain (0:4).
In Turkey, Balotelli takes revenge, has fun and attracts Newcastle
This season, Mario not only scores decently, but also continues to get into funny stories.
In September 2021, Balotelli powerfully met with Besiktas: he scored 1 + 1 and took revenge on the then rival coach Sergen Yalchin – 10 years ago, the man called Mario “mindless”. Balotelli ran up to the Besiktas bench and performed a special celebration for Yalcin.
And already in December, Mario, celebrating a goal, hit a teammate in the head – 21-year-old Yunus Akgyun flew in, who threw a double and brought victory over Galatasaray. After the match, the Italian dispelled rumors of a possible conflict by praising Akgün on Instagram: “Bravo, baby.”
Now Balotelli can return not only to the national team, but also to the Premier League: according to insider Nicolo Schira, Newcastle is interested in the 31-year-old striker. The parties are already in contact regarding a possible transfer.
What an incredible career anyway.