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Balotelli says he only spoke to Klopp once

After a good start to his career at Nice, Mario Balotelli revealed that he only spoke to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp once during his time with the Reds.

Balotelli was deemed surplus when Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, and was loaned out to AC Milan for the 2015/16 season.

“Klopp doesn’t know me, I spoke to him once, he told me to go somewhere else, work hard and then return,” Balotelli told Sky Italia.

“So I said goodbye to them, and that we wouldn’t be seeing each other again.”

He also said that Liverpool and AC Milan “weren’t adapted” for him.

“It wasn’t anyone’s fault. They weren’t ideal environments for me,” Balotelli said.

“I didn’t make mistakes in terms of my game or my behaviour, but I did get injured and that’s not something I can control.”

The Italian striker has gotten off to a good start in Ligue 1, scoring five goals in three appearances, and says he’s settling in nicely in France.

“The problem there [Milan] is the administration,” Balotelli said. “There’s only one person who is phenomenal, and that’s [club CEO, Adriano] Galliani. All the rest is just… confusion.

“At the start, I chose Nice for the climate, I wanted to be in a relaxing but beautiful place, where it’s difficult to get out the wrong side of the bed. The other reason I chose Nice is because there’s a decent group of young players. We’re all about the same age.”

Balotelli says he only spoke to Klopp once

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