Wednesday December 19 2018
Vieira: 'Balotelli out is my choice'

Mario Balotelli is on his way out of Nice after Patrick Vieira confirmed he won’t be in the squad against Strasbourg. “It’s the decision of the Coach.”

The breakdown in the rapport between the pair has been evident for some time, but particularly crumbled over the last week with SuperMario’s irritated response to a substitution and comments made during a documentary.

Balotelli was not in the squad today when Nice crashed out of the Coupe de la Ligue this evening, losing on penalties to Guingamp.

“Mario Balotelli will not be in the squad against Strasbourg on Saturday either,” confirmed Vieira to reporters.

“It’s the decision of the Coach.”

Asked if Balo was heading towards the exit in January, Vieira did not deny it.

“He is under contract. Anything is possible.”

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