Official: Balotelli joins OGC Nice

by | Aug 31, 2016 20:43

Mario Balotelli has completed his free transfer from Liverpool to OGC Nice, as the club cut its losses.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mario,” said Jean-Pierre Rivere.

“We hope that Nice, in a family atmosphere, will help him rediscover his joy for the game. We both know that nothing will be easy, but with the desire and support of all our fans, we’ll help him to flourish and bring his talent to the service of the team.”

Balotelli will have his first training session tomorrow and be presented to the media on Friday.

Mario Balotelli has completed his free transfer from Liverpool to OGC Nice, as the club cut its losses.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mario,” said Jean-Pierre Rivere.

“We hope that Nice, in a family atmosphere, will help him rediscover his joy for the game. We both know that nothing will be easy, but with the desire and support of all our fans, we’ll help him to flourish and bring his talent to the service of the team.”

Balotelli will have his first training session tomorrow and be presented to the media on Friday.

The 26-year-old Italy international joined Liverpool from Milan for €20m in August 2014.

He spent last season on loan at Milan and was told by Jurgen Klopp that he had no place at Anfield.

It’s reported Liverpool released Balotelli on a free transfer, effectively cutting their losses.

The striker started out at Inter, moving on through Manchester City, Milan, Liverpool and back to the Rossoneri again.

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Mario Balotelli has joined French club OGC Nice on a permanent deal,” read a statement.

“The Italy forward, who moved to Anfield in August 2014, has finalised a deadline day switch to the Ligue 1 side.

“Balotelli made 28 appearances and scored four goals for the Reds following his transfer from AC Milan, where he returned last term on a season-long loan.

“Everybody at Liverpool FC wishes Mario the best of luck in his future career.‎”

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