Mario Balotelli's move to Nice was clearly the right move for both the player and the club despite initial doubts, coach Lucien Favre says.
After leaving Liverpool on a free transfer last summer, Balotelli has excelled in his first season in Ligue 1, scoring 15 goals to help Nice finish third and qualify for the Champions League next season.
The Italian striker's success was no guarantee following his turbulent past, but Favre said the move helped Balotelli "re-enter" his career.
Nice sporting director Julien Fournier has played down reports linking coach Lucien Favre with Borussia Dortmund.
Favre has been identified by some reports as favourite to replace Thomas Tuchel if he leaves the Westfalenstadion at the end of the season.
Although Dortmund have qualified for the DFB Pokal final and are in pole position to win automatic qualification for next season's Champions League, Tuchel's position is in doubt amid tension with the club's hierarchy.
Bild reported on Monday that...
The winners of the Europa League qualify, by right, for the Champions League playoff round.
However, as the winners of the Champions League -- which will be Juventus or Real Madrid -- have already qualified for the group stage via their league position, the spot for the holders is free. And this means the team that lifts the Europa League will be elevated directly into the Champions League group stage.
Depending on who wins the Europa League, this could be good news for Nice.
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