Premier League - Rodgers rules out Balotelli bid

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he will not be signing Mario Balotelli this summer.

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Premier League - Rodgers rules out Balotelli bid
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Balotelli (AC Milan)

Rodgers showered praise on Balotelli last week, which led to speculation he could sign the AC Milan front man.

Italy's taly's Sport Mediaset went so far as to claim talks were being held over a cut-price £14.3 million move.

The Liverpool boss has already signed Lille striker Divock Origi and England's Rickie Lambert to help plug the gap left by Luis Suarez's departure, but he could still make a move for another striker.

Rodgers is adamant Balotelli will not be coming to Anfield though.

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Brendan Rodgers (Reuters)

"I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool," Rodgers told a press conference on the eve of Liverpool's game against Manchester United in Miami.

"In my last press conference I was asked a question about Mario Balotelli and I talked about what a talent he was and what an excellent player he was.

"And the next day it was wrote as if we were signing him.

"I just gave my perception of him as a player. It shouldn't be transmitted in to us signing the player."

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