Italian striker Mario Balotelli leaves Liverpool for Nice

first_imgItalian striker Mario Balotelli has completed a permanent move from English Premier League (EPL) side Liverpool to Nice, confirmed the French Ligue 1 football club.”It is done. Balotelli is officially a player of Nice,” the club confirmed in a statement on Wednesday, reports Xinhua. (Also read: Stoke sign Wilfried Bony on loan from Manchester City)”Mario Balotelli will train with us on Thursday and be officially presented to the press on Friday,” it added.”We are very pleased to welcome Mario. We hope that Nice, in a family atmosphere, he will find the pleasure of the game,” said Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere. (Also read: David Luiz back at Chelsea, Leicester splash the cash as records tumble)”We know, for him and us, that nothing will be easy but with the desire and, hopefully, the support of all our fans, we will allow him to flourish and bring his talent to the service of the team,” he added.No financial details were disclosed by the French club, but according to British media, Balotelli had moved on a free transfer as Liverpool was trying to avoid paying off his contract. (Also read: Samir Nasri joins Sevilla on loan)Considered a troubled figure, the 26-year-old, who was signed by then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for 25 million euros ($28 million) in 2014, managed only four goals in 28 appearances for the Premier League side.last_img

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