Balotelli unwanted by Besiktas coach

Mario Balotelli was linked with a move to Besiktas, but the Turkish club's coach has no interest in the forward.

Besiktas coach Senol Gunes has no interest in signing Mario Balotelli despite reports linking the Liverpool forward with a move.

The Turkish giants surprisingly emerged as a potential home for the 25-year-old, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman said he wanted Balotelli and that the 33-time Italy international was keen to join.

However, Gunes shut down those suggestions, saying he had no desire to bring the former AC Milan and Manchester City forward to the club.

"There were also rumours about Aleksandar Kolarov but he wasn't in my plans," he said on Saturday.

"Balotelli isn't in my plans either. I don't have a favourable view of Mario Balotelli. I have never expressed a positive insight on him."

Balotelli, who scored three goals in 23 games on loan at AC Milan last season, has also been linked to Ajax.