By Harvey Byrne
Mario Balotelli has told Besiktas that he would prefer a move to a club in Italy, England or Spain.
The Turkish giants president Fikret Orman revealed on Wednesday that the club were interested in bringing the controversial striker to the club.
However, the latest reports in Turkish publication Sabah claim that the Italian has told the club through his agent, Mino Raiola that he isn’t interested in a move to Turkey at this time in his career.
The report states that Ballotelli said: “Currently I want to continue my career in England, Italy or Spain. Maybe in the future I can wear a Besiktas shirt.”
The 25-year-old has been told he can leave Liverpool by Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, after scoring just one Premier League goal for the Merseyside club.
After once being feted as one of the world’s leading forwards, Balotelli’s stock has never been lower.
The Italy international spent last season on loan at AC Milan and scored just one goal in 20 Serie A appearances.
The Champions League winner is keen to show that he can still cut it at the top level, with two years remaining on his Liverpool contract.
Besiktas are keen to sign a new striker after losing German forward Mario Gomez, who scored 28 goals in 41 appearances last season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Schalke starlet Max Meyer has described Reds manager Jurgen Klopp as a ‘great coach’.