Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has returned to Italy to join Serie A newbies Brescia on a three-year deal.
While confirming the move, Brescia stated on their website: “Mario Balotelli Barwuah is officially a new player of Brescia Calcio Spa.
“The return to Italy, after three years, was made possible by Mario's determination and enthusiasm to want to return to Brescia, the city where he grew up and where since he was a child he stood out for his physical and technical skills.
“Tomorrow, August 19th, the attacker will be officially presented at the Brescia Calcio headquarters, in Via Solferino 32, at 4.45 pm.”
Balotelli, who was released by French side Marseille in June, reportedly rejected a move to Brazilian club Flamengo because he is keen to reclaim a spot in the Italy squad ahead of Euro 2020.
Brescia, who were crowned Serie B champions last season, are playing in the Italian top flight for the first time since 2011.
Balotelli's last appearance in Serie A came in 2016 when he spent a season-long loan at AC Milan while under contract with Liverpool.
That was his second spell at AC Milan - after 2013-14 - and he was part of the Inter Milan side that won the league, Italian Cup and Champions League treble under manager Jose Mourinho in 2010.
Balotelli has won three Serie A titles, as well as the Premier League with Manchester City in 2012.
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