Mario Balotelli’s transfer move to Liverpool from AC Milan is a step closer after the striker spent Friday night at the club’s Melwood training ground undergoing medicals and discussing personal terms.
The latest reports coming out of the Liverpool camp is that the deal could be concluded this weekend after the two clubs agreed a £16 million fee earlier in the week.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not want to elaborate on the player’s contract which many suggest could have a behavioural clause in it do to the players past antics.
Rodgers did emphasize, though, that Balotelli would be coming into an environment at Liverpool which will allow him to learn and grow as a player.
“I think every player has a code of conduct for the people and the professionals at work,” said Rodgers.
“We have quite an extensive code for players and staff. We haven’t got a specific one for anyone individually. It covers across the professional group of people here both staff and players.
“We have a fantastic environment and a great culture. I think over the last two years it was very important for us to build here.
“There will be nothing that will ever shake that or to provoke it in anyway. That is something I will always protect. The environment here is fantastic.
“We’ve got a real learning environment here for players. And you can see over the years that lots of players have improved and developed.”