Mario Balotelli of Liverpool sports a new hair-cut during a training session at Melwood Training Ground
AC Milan only agreed to take Mario Balotelli back to the San Siro after the Liverpool striker signed up to a strict code of conduct.
Balotelli, who has rejoined the Serie A outfit on a season-long loan, has been banned from smoking, having ‘extravagant hairstyles’ and visiting nightclubs.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani and new boss Sinisa Mihajlovic have read the riot act to Balotelli about his off-field conduct and warned him he must comply with the club’s rules.
The code of conduct includes:
- Ensuring Balotelli will not damage the image of the club and his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts will be closely monitored.
- Toning down his ‘extravagant hairstyles’
- Wearing clothes ‘in keeping with the style of a club like Milan’
- Cutting out his smoking habit
- Always showing up on time and banned from visiting nightclubs
Balotelli finds himself back at Milan – just 12 months after they sold him to Liverpool for £16million. He will compete with fellow new signings Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano for a place in Milan’s attack.
“Did I think I would return to Milan? Yes, I always had Milan in my heart and I always had hope that I would return one day,” he said.
“I’m happy to have returned. I have little to say, just that I’m looking forward to train and prove my worth.
“I’m physically well – I just have to train with the squad. I have a lot of motivation but I just have to work and not speak.
“Will I end my career here? I just have to start to work and have a good year, just have to work and that’s that.”