Mino Raiola has said his client Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool to discuss his future at Anfield with manager Jurgen Klopp. The super-agent added that recent speculation about the striker moving to Besiktas was false, the result of him being tricked by a journalist posing as the president of the Turkish giants.
The 25-year-old striker was dispatched on loan to AC Milan last summer after he failed to make the impact expected under Brendan Rodgers in the 2014-2015 campaign following a £16m ($23.5m) move from the San Siro. However, after scoring just three goals in 23 appearances for the Italian outfit, the club have opted against keeping him. Balotelli had previously claimed that he would have liked to stay with Milan as he had no plans to return to Liverpool.
Raiola was quoted earlier this month saying he was confident the Italian would have a new chance to prove his worth at Besiktas.
"I offered Mario to Besiktas and I'm waiting for their answer," Raiola told Spox.com.tr . "But I'm quite sure the transfer will happen, as the president already assured me in the past that he would do everything he can to sign him."
However,Besiktas sporting director Erdal Torunogullari later denied those claims, revealing their actual target is keeping Mario Gomez instead.
Balotelli's agent has now explained the misunderstanding during an interview with Marca, where he revealed that he was just tricked by a journalist. Raiola said that the Italian striker now is expected to move back to Liverpool where Klopp will have to make a final decision on his future.
"His last year was quiet. There has been not talk about his behaviour and has not had any bad episodes. His problem has been the injuries that has prevented him from being at his best," Raiola said to Marca. "[A move to] Turkey? It was a lie. A journalist called me pretending to be the president of Besiktas."