Wednesday January 23 2019
Strootman welcomes 'great' Balotelli

Kevin Strootman has welcomed Olympique Marseille’s deal to sign Nice and Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli could become a Marseille player on Wednesday, having arrived to complete his transfer from Nice, and Strootman was enamoured by the possibility of teaming up with his former Serie A rival.

“Is it official?” asked the ex-Roma midfielder with a smile on his face, reports L’Equipe.

“Balotelli’s a great player and very strong, I hope he comes, but the most important thing right now is our match on Friday [against Lille].

“Still, I’ll be the first person to welcome him if it becomes official.”

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