Thursday 23 November 2017

Nice manager will have some interesting demands for Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola is determined to find a club to reignite the striker's career
Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola is determined to find a club to reignite the striker's career
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool may be finally set to off-load Mario Balotelli after French side Nice confirmed they were in talks with the striker, but the comments of his potential new manager may suggest this deal is destined for failure.

Balotelli has flopped since making a surprise move to Anfield in the summer of 2014, with a loan spell at AC Milan last season also failing to produce results for the bad-boy striker.

He has been back at Liverpool’s Melwood training base in the recent weeks, but there is no prospect of the Italian lining out for Jurgen Klopp’s first team any time soon, after he was advised to look for another club.

Rumours of moves to Turkey and China have come to nothing, but it seems as if the French league may be the next stop on the career of a forward who won the Premier League title with Manchester City back in 2012.

However, Balotelli’s talks with Nice may not go according to plan if the comments of the club’s head coach Lucien Favre are to be taken at face value.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Favre suggested he wanted Balotelli to “be an example to young players” as he suggested a high work rate on the field would also be a requirement.

“If it goes well with the rest of the team, he is an example for young players and that it works, it is not a problem for a club,” stated Favre.

“I do not know him personally, but if he runs and helps the team, why not? If he does not run, then there is no way for him to come here.”

A strong work ethic has not always been at the top of Balotelli’s agenda over the course of his colourful career, so it remains to be seen whether he has the qualities Favre will be looking for as he finalises his squad ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.

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