Mario Balotelli has described his relationship with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as a “disaster”.
Rodgers reluctantly bought Balotelli for £16m in the summer of 2014 but the Italian scored only four goals in 28 appearances before being sent back to Milan on loan.
He then returned to Liverpool but was immediately told that he would not be part of new manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans; he was given a free transfer and joined Nice, where he has scored six goals in six Ligue Un appearances.
Asked by Gazzetta dello Sport about his coaches, he said: “For me, the one most on the ball remains (Roberto) Mancini – fantastic, I owe him so much.
“In second place I put (Lucien) Favre (of Nice) with (Jose) Mourinho. The Portuguese is talented and motivated, it is a pity that we had a falling out.
“The worst? Not Klopp, I am not angry with him. If he has created a certain situation at Liverpool, maybe he should have had more patience with me.
“In truth, I had the biggest disappointment with Rodgers. I enjoyed myself with him in training but our relationship was a disaster.”