Italian currently enjoying revival with French title hopefuls Nice but could have ended up at Nou Camp earlier in career
MARIO BALOTELLI claims he nearly joined Barcelona earlier in his career – and has taken another swipe at old side Liverpool.
The controversial Italian is currently enjoying a new lease of life with French club Nice.
But Balotelli insists his career could have continued to skyrocket after Barcelona came knocking, although he believes he was priced out of a Nou Camp switch.
The 26-year-old told RMC: “I nearly joined Barcelona, but the club that had me at the time wanted money.”
Balotelli went on to explain that he enjoyed his time at the Etihad, but his year at Anfield is best left in the past.
The forward added: “Manchester City was a dream because there was such an Italian atmosphere there.
“Don’t speak to me about Liverpool, please. There was a team with great people, fantastic fans, but the place…”