Mario Balotelli released by Milan, heading back to Liverpool

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Italian striker Mario Balotelli won't be staying at AC Milan after the San Siro club decided not to take up an option to sign him permanently.

Balotelli joined on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool in the summer of 2015 but has so far failed to impress in his second spell at Milan.

“Balotelli’s contract with us has expired and there are going to be many players leaving us,” Milan's President Silvio Berlusconi stated this week.

“Players like Alex, Mexes, Boateng and Balotelli are all out of contract and there will be others released too.”

With a season left on the three-year contract Balotelli signed when joining from Milan in 2014, the 25 year-old has already been told he has no future at Anfield.

Just last month, Balotelli made it clear that he doesn't want to return to Liverpool and looks set for another loan stint next season as Jurgen Klopp's side cut their losses on the controversial figure.

“When it comes to my future I want to stay with Milan because I wasn’t happy at Liverpool and I don’t want to return there. And plus, Milan has the money," said Balotelli back in mid-April.