Mario Balotelli: Brescia set to terminate former Liverpool striker's deal

Former Man City striker embroiled in public bust-up after deserting Brescia's return to training ahead of Serie A restart

PARMA, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: Mario Balotelli of Brescia Calcio looks on during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and Brescia Calcio at Stadio Ennio Tardini on December 22, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Mario Balotelli's three-year deal at Brescia is set to be terminated after a public fall-out over the player's training no-show.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker has been involved in an acrimonious bust-up with club president Massimo Cellino as he has been deserting the Serie A team's return to training after coronavirus restrictions in Italy were eased.

Brescia offered Balotelli a consensual termination of his contract at the club, but he rejected the proposal and his lawyer Mattia Grassani has now received a letter confirming the player's employment at the club is set to be terminated.

In May, Balotelli was told to train on his own after failing a series of physical tests to which he had been subjected, and the situation escalated day after day.

The 29-year-old has been absent from the team's training sessions in the last few days and has sent the club a medical certificate proving he is suffering from gastroenteritis.

The matter is expected to be resolved by an independent arbitration panel with the player set to submit a claim of wrongful termination.

Brescia's Mario Balotelli challenges Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci
Image: Balotelli managed five goals for boyhood club Brescia since joining on a three-year deal last August

Balotelli signed for Brescia last August after his deal at Ligue 1 side Marseille ran out and scored five goals in 19 games for his boyhood club this season.

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Cellino, the former Leeds owner, said last month that signing Balotelli last summer has been "a mistake".

The Serie A season will resume on June 20, with bottom club Brescia set to travel to Fiorentina on June 22 in their first game.

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Inter Milan vs Sassuolo, 1830

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