Sir Alex Ferguson has said “I did my homework” and was warned against signing Mario Balotelli when Manchester United manager.
Ferguson says that he had targeted Balotelli in 2010, with the then Inter Milan striker regarded as one of the most promising talents in Europe.
However, the former Manchester United manager says he ‘did his homework’ before opting against signing the then 20-year-old, with Ferguson describing those who warned him against the deal as “a Godsend”.
Balotelli subsequently joined neighbours Manchester City that summer, before earning moves to AC Milan and Liverpool off the back of the considerable hype he received as a teenager.
“In 2010 I briefly flirted with the idea of signing Mario Balotelli, the talented but controversial Italian striker,” Ferguson wrote in his new book, ‘Leading’.
“I did my homework on him, speaking to a few Italian contacts, but the feedback I got confirmed it was too big a risk.
“I don’t know whether this sort of candid professional courtesy exists in other fields, but for me it was a Godsend.”