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Perennial West Ham striker target Mario Balotelli told to retire by agent
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Perennial West Ham striker target Mario Balotelli told to retire by agent

Perennial West Ham United striker target Mario Balotelli has been told to retire from football by a high profile Italian agent.

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Not a transfer window goes by without West Ham being linked with Balotelli.

According to the likes of The Sun, West Ham were offered controversial forward Balotelli on a free transfer last summer.

But Claret & Hugh claimed that then Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini had reservations about the Italian striker’s attitude.

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Perennial West Ham target set to be available on a free transfer

West Ham were told Balotelli wanted £3million per year in wages plus performance-related bonuses and a large signing-on fee to join (Football Italia).

In the end West Ham signed flop Albian Ajeti for £8million while Balotelli signed for his hometown club Brescia.

Balotelli looks set to be available on a free transfer again soon. It comes after a fallout and anticipated legal wrangle with Brescia.

That will undoubtedly lead to further West Ham links given how abundantly clear the club have made it – through a host of channels – that they will be strapped for cash this summer.

But the fiery forward has now been offered some strong advice by agent Furio Valcareggi who says he must retire (TMW Radio and Football Italia).

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Agent tells Balotelli to retire

“I would’ve signed Balotelli last season,” noted agent Valcareggi told TMW Radio as translated by Football Italia.

“However, at this point, it’s obvious now that he has to stop playing football.

“I think (fellow Italian agent Mino) Raiola has to accept some of the responsibility, because he ought to help Balotelli to improve.

“Instead, he presents him as this great champion and then the results are embarrassing.”

During a spell in France there was the suggestion Balotelli had matured.

But he has now become embroiled in a row with Brescia owner Massimo Cellino which is set to see yet another move turn sour, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Cash-strapped clubs will take a chance, but surely West Ham have learned lesson

At 30 Balotelli should still have two or three years left in him at the top level.

From a sporting perspective alone West Ham should resist any temptation to try and revive Balotelli’s career. No matter how much David Sullivan and David Gold love a bargain.

David Moyes has made it clear he wants to build a new-look West Ham around young, hungry, energetic players who will fight for the cause (whufc.com and beIN Sports).

Balotelli ticks none of those boxes.

Whether the striker will take Valcareggi’s advice is doubtful. The financial impact of the global health crisis means there will undoubtedly be plenty of clubs willing to take a chance on him given his free transfer status.

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