Liverpool insist on Balotelli behaviour clause

Liverpool officials are pushing to include a number of clauses in the contract for controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli which would see him sanctioned should he break the Anfield club’s strict disciplinary code, reports ESPN.

The Reds agreed a transfer fee of £16 million with Balotelli’s current club AC Milan, with the striker bidding farewell to his former colleagues at their Milanello training base yesterday, and all that remains is for the striker to put pen to paper on the deal.

However, that deal is set to include clauses stipulating the disciplinary measures the Sicilian will face in the event that he strays out of line with Liverpool’s code of conduct for its players and staff.

Well there is no doubting Balotelli’s enviable talent, he has never been far from controversy throughout his whole career. From posing in an AC Milan shirt while still an Internazionale player, to allegedly causing a fire in his apartment by setting off fireworks in the bathroom the night before a Manchester derby, his off-field behaviour has often caused more headlines than his performances on the pitch.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to believe that he can get the best out of the troublesome striker, and the relatively low size of the transfer fee could make Balotelli something of a bargain.

The Reds face Balotelli’s former club Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, though it seems unlikely that the deal will be completed in time for Balotelli to register to be eligible for that match.

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