Mario Balotelli Signs One-Year Contract With Nice
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Mario Balotelli Signs One-Year Contract With Nice

Nice striker Mario Balotelli has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

The Italian, 26, scored 15 goals in the French Ligue 1 last season as Nice finished third to reach the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.

Balotelli signed on free transfer from Liverpool in August 2016, two years after a £16m move to Anfield.

The ex-Manchester City striker has also scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for Italy but has not played for the national side since the 2014 World Cup.

Nice confirmed the news of Balotelli’s contract extension on Sunday afternoon, meaning he will remain at the Allianz Riviera as they attempt to qualify for the 2017-18 Champions League group stage.

The striker, who also counts Milan and Inter among his former clubs, joined Nice on a free transfer in the summer of 2016, signing on a one-year deal.

In signing for the French club, Balotelli brought an end to a disappointing spell at Liverpool and he flourished under the guidance of Lucien Favre, scoring 15 goals in 23 league appearances.

He had been linked with a move away from the club at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Dortmund and Marseille were among the teams linked with the Italian, but he has extinguished speculation surrounding his future by penning a new deal.

The length of the contract remains a mystery as Nice didn’t reveal how many years will run on Balotelli’s new deal, however his salary is believed to have decreased to make him more affordable for the club.

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