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The 30-year-old forward hopes to play an important role in propelling his new team for promotion to the top Italian league.
Mario Balotelli has promised to do everything he can to help his new team Monza win promotion to Serie A.
The 30-year-old forward agreed to join the Serie B squad in a deal that runs through the end of the season and includes an option to extend for one more year if they manage to earn a spot in the top flight.
The Italian international had been without a club since his release from Brescia in July and has marked his return to football by meeting former AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani, who are now in command at Monza, in the second division.
Monza is eighth in Serie B after nine games, and is nine points behind leader Salernitana, but Balotelli has his sights set on taking them to the first division.
“I thank President Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani for this opportunity,” he said. La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I will do everything I can to help Monza get to Serie A.”
Balotelli will have a medical examination at the club on Monday before the deal is confirmed, and Monza president Galliani is happy to be working with him again.
“Mario is a good guy and until today in our interview I had confirmation of this,” said the 76-year-old, who also warned that this is the player’s “last chance”.
Galliani said: “After all, I repeated it to him: ‘Don’t trust flatterers. If necessary, you will listen to my criticism, but it will be for your good. ‘ I saw the understanding in his eyes, the reaction he was looking for.
“The turning point was Mario’s availability, but also that of [his agent] Mino Raiola who resigned any commission. So we began to negotiate, already knowing that we would reach an agreement. So much so that they both accepted that I was doing the figures ”.
At Monza, the former Manchester City, Liverpool and Inter Balotelli forward will join former Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was signed in September and has two goals in eight appearances for the club.
Former Milan interim and youth team coach Cristian Brocchi is currently in charge of the first team.