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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool will not compromise extensive code of conduct

Manager refuses to discuss Mario Balotelli transfer Sometimes you have to take a risk with peopleBrendan Rodgers has insisted the club would not compromise their extensive code of conduct, while refusing to discuss Mario Balotellis imminent move to Liverpool.Balotelli attracted controversy during his spell at Manchester City under Roberto Mancini, but Rodgers hinted at the clauses the forward is understood to have been asked to agree to prior to joining the club. Every club will have a code of conduct. We have a fantastic environment and a great culture. Nothing will ever shake that. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Mario Balotelli must accept Liverpool behaviour clauses to make move

Milan accept £16m fee from Liverpool for striker Rodgers wants assurances on players future conductMario Balotelli is poised to make a remarkable return to English football providing he agrees a Liverpool contract with several stringent clauses regarding his behaviour. Brendan Rodgers, who categorically stated he had no interest in the problematic striker less than three weeks ago, performed the volte-face after concluding Milans 16m asking price was too tempting to refuse.Balotellis agent, Mino Raiola, travelled to Merseyside for further talks with Liverpools chief executive, Ian Ayre, on Thursday after Milan accepted a 16m bid for the 24-year-old. The Italian club quoted an exorbitant loan fee when Liverpool made their initial approach on Wednesday and rejected a proposal that the temporary deal could be terminated should Balotelli step out of line. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool may be just the place for Mario Balotelli to get back to basics | Paolo Bandini

Face of new multi-cultural Italy may need a break from Milan and the old country to help ease strainLess than three weeks have passed since Brendan Rodgers said categorically that Liverpool would not sign Mario Balotelli. Just a few days earlier, the Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani had stated with 99.9% certainty that the player would stay where he was. In footballs transfer window it is not the boys who cry wolf that fans need to worry about, but the ones who insist nothing is happening at all.Balotelli is not yet a Liverpool player, but all indications are that he may become one very soon. Negotiations between the Premier League club and Milan were progressing afternoon, and the striker told Sky Italia that it had been his final day training with the Rossoneri. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool close to deal to sign Milan striker Mario Balotelli

Club to meet players agent to discuss personal terms Brendan Rodgers had initially been reluctant over move Mario Balotelli quiz: rumour or fiction? Fireworks and fights: his life and times at CityLiverpool are close to a deal with Milan to sign Mario Balotelli having performed a major u-turn on the merits of bringing the problematic striker back to English football.Talks between Anfield officials and the players representatives will resume on Thursday over the proposed permanent transfer of Balotelli. Liverpool offered to sign the 24-year-old on loan on Wednesday but a combination of an exorbitant loan fee and Milans refusal to take the striker back should he cause problems for Brendan Rodgers ended that possibility. Continue reading…

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