Mario Balotelli says his mother cried when he told her he was joining hometown club Brescia and insists he has no fear of failing on his return to Serie A after an absence of three years.
Balotelli was born in Palermo but moved to Brescia at the age of two and his adoptive family still lives there, although his father died in 2015.
Speaking at his first news conference on Monday when he was unveiled by the club, Balotelli said: "My mum cried initially when I told her that I might be going to Brescia....
Mario Balotelli has joined his hometown club Brescia on a free transfer, the Serie A side confirmed on Sunday.
Balotelli, who was released by Marseille at the end of last season, returns to Italy for his third stint after playing for Inter, where he won three league titles, and AC Milan.
The 29-year-old Italy international will be presented at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti...
Brescia have been promoted back into Serie A after eight seasons in the second division.
Brescia beat Ascoli 1-0 Wednesday to secure a top-two finish with two rounds remaining in Serie B.
Brescia have 66 points, three ahead of Lecce, who wasted a chance to secure promotion as they lost 2-1 at Padova. Palermo are third with 59 points.
The top two finishers are promoted directly to Serie A, while the third- through eighth-place finishers enter a playoff to determine the other promoted club.