NEWS
Thursday December 14 2017
Nice: 'We can't afford Balotelli'

Mario Balotelli will probably leave OGC Nice if they fail to qualify for Europe next season, confessed President Jean-Pierre Rivere.

The striker signed a new one-year contract last summer after his previous deal had already expired.

“Without Europe, it’ll be difficult to keep hold of Balotelli,” Rivere told RMC Sport.

“He is exceptional on the field, he is changing his style of football and improving. I don’t know if he’ll remain with us next season, as it depends on results.

“Balotelli commands a salary of a certain level and we cannot afford that without European competition, even if we’ll do everything we can to keep him.”

So far this season, SuperMario has scored 14 goals in 19 games for Nice between Ligue 1, the Champions League preliminary rounds and the Europa League.