Apparently he signed with Romanian side FC Cluj.
I don't predict this will end very well.
Source? CFR Cluj or "U" aka Universitatea Cluj?
I think I would have heard something like that!
Galliani: 'Balotelli's last chance at Monza'
Monza CEO Adriano Galliani assures ‘this is truly the last, absolutely last, completely the last chance’
for Mario Balotelli, as he joins the Serie B club for six months.
Currently a free agent and with Vasco da Gama confirming they offered him a deal, Balotelli seems to have decided to start again in Italy’s second division with a newly-promoted club and some familiar faces.
Monza are owned by ex-Milan President Silvio Berlusconi, with coach Cristian Brocchi and players including Kevin-Prince Boateng.
“I gave him a proper talking to, and told him this is truly the last, absolutely last, completely the last chance,” Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I do love Mario, he’s a player with the kind of technical and physical qualities that should’ve allowed him do so much more with his career.
“There were flashes of exceptional quality and I can’t understand why he can’t get even better. After all, he is only 30 years old.”
The contract is short-term, until June 30, 2021, once Balotelli has passed his medical.
It seems an odd choice, considering during his time at Milan, Berlusconi had called Balo a ‘bad apple’ in the locker room.
“The President is enthusiastic, he gave me the all-clear, I passed Mario over to him on the phone and they had a talk,” continued Galliani.
“The boy treated these talks like a friend. He accepted a lower salary with some variables that are based on performance, appearances and promotion into Serie A.
“His agent Mino Raiola also took no commission
. Mario gave up a very important contract he could’ve had in Rio de Janeiro with Vasco da Gama.
“He’s been out of action for a while, so it will take a few weeks to get him into shape. Finotto tore his ACL, so we needed another striker and I found him in Mario Balotelli.”
This is a six-month deal, but could there be an extension if Monza are promoted into Serie A?
“We’d both be happy for him to continue.”
“I still believe in him, Mario is a good boy. I noticed all his availability,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I told him: 'Do not trust the flatterers. If necessary, you will hear my reproaches. But they will be for your good'. And in his eyes I read the understanding, the one I was looking for.
“The injury of [Mattia] Finotto had left us without a centre forward for the rest of the season. I spoke to Berlusconi about Balotelli on Tuesday. He told me to go ahead, he gave me carte balance,” he continued.
“Both Christian Brocchi and the director of sport Filippo Antonelli shared this choice.
“Mario and Mino Raiola have been available, Mino renounced any commission," Galliani revealed.
"We knew we would come to an agreement. So much so they told me to decide the figures of the contract.