Happy couple: Neguesh and Mario Balotelli
Michael Essien and his Real Madrid teammates have lost a ‘major’ incentive ahead of their semi-final return leg against Dortmund after Mario Balotelli denied offering his girlfriend as a reward.
The Spaniard’s trail their German rivals 4-1 after last week’s first meeting at the Westfalenstadion, a deficit many see as unrecoverable.
It was reported on Monday that Mario Balotelli was so sure, in fact, that Jose Mourniho’s side would fail to recover, that if they did, the striker would offer a night with his girlfriend as reward.
In Spanish newspapers AS and Marca, the Italy forward was quoted as saying: ‘If Real Madrid come back in Champions League, I’ll let my girlfriend sleep with them!’
Fanny Neguesha has a tattoo expressing her love for the Italian striker
However, in a statement released by Balotelli’s club, AC Milan this morning, they denied the words attributed to their star man.
It said: ‘AC Milan denies the information published today