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Balotelli could stay at Nice for season but must think about his future - Vieira

Julien Laurens examines Mario Balotelli's torrid season so far at Nice, a season without goals and a rocky relationship with Patrick Vieira.

Nice coach Patrick Vieira has said Mario Balotelli could yet see out the season at the club, despite reports that the striker could agree to cancel his contract.

Balotelli has missed the last four matches and was given "a few days to think about his future" by Vieira when his teammates returned to training after the festive break.

The Italy international is expected to be absent when Nice face Bordeaux on Saturday, with reports claiming he is close to ending his stay at the club six months...

Mario Balotelli will leave Nice in the summer - president Jean-Pierre Rivere

Shaka Hislop explains why he thinks Mario Balotelli could do well in Philadelphia as he and Mark Donaldson discuss the latest transfer rumours.

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has told RMC he does not expect Mario Balotelli to stay at the club when his contract expires at the end of this season.

Balotelli said in the summer that he wanted to leave after two successful years, only for no move to materialise

After a proposed switch to Marseille fell through, the Italy forward arrived two weeks late for preseason training, reportedly overweight, having decided to stay for a further 12 months.

Former Manchester City and Liverpool...

Nice star Mario Balotelli shows off daring new hairstyle

Safe to say, Mario Balotelli has not enjoyed a particularly impressive start to his second season at OGC Nice, with questions lingering over his commitment to the cause.

Indeed, after scoring 26 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last campaign. the Italian striker is yet to open his account in five outings so far this year and as such has found himself rotated in and out of the first-team frame.

Fans and critics have also pointed to an apparent lack of fitness after Balotelli dipped...

Mario Balotelli still short of fitness after preseason no-show - Nice's Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira has told Mario Balotelli he must lose more weight before he can get back to his best form for Nice and begin to play regularly.

Balotelli arrived two weeks late for the start of preseason training as a result of a failed move to Marseille, and the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker was reportedly overweight when he did turn up.

That left Balotelli short of the shape that had brought him 33 goals in just 51 Ligue 1 appearances over the previous two seasons, and in four fitful...

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Mario Balotelli didn't get Italy recall because he's not 100 percent - Roberto Manicini

FC's Shaka Hislop feels Sebastian Giovinco is undoubtedly deserving of his Italy call up after a three-year absence.

Mario Balotelli will be recalled to the Italy squad when he is in form, coach Roberto Mancini said on Monday of his decision to drop the forward for this month's two internationals.

Mancini said the same applied to Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who was also omitted, adding both decisions were based on a "technical judgement."

Balotelli was recalled after a four-year absence and given the captaincy for Mancini's first matches in charge in May but the 28-year-old has played only three times for his...

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco gets Italy call, Mario Balotelli axed

FC's Shaka Hislop feels Sebastian Giovinco is undoubtedly deserving of his Italy call up after a three-year absence.

Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco has been called up to Italy's squad for the first time in nearly three years ahead of games against Ukraine and Poland, but there is no place for Mario Balotelli.

Giovinco, who left Juventus to move to MLS in 2015, has not played for Italy since November of that year. He has made 23 appearances for Italy in his career, scoring once.

Former Italy coach Antonio Conte had cited Giovinco's decision to "go to play in certain leagues" as a reason to leave him...