Balotelli tipped for Nice exit

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Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has downplayed the chances of striker Mario Balotelli earning a new deal at the club.

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has downplayed the chances of striker Mario Balotelli earning a new deal at the club.

After 10 appearances and no goals this season, the pressure has been mounting on the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward to find the back of the net under manager Patrick Vieira.

With Balotelli set to see his contract run out at Nice this summer, Rivere has admitted the club are unlikely to put a new offer on the table for the 28-year-old striker.

‘An extension? No I think it will be over,’ Rivere told RMC Sport.

He added: ‘Mario, for us, was leaving [last summer] so he missed his preparation. I think every player that misses his preparation suffers for the first part of the season.

‘Now he has recovered his physical aptitude, but he’s not in luck (in front of goal). So the poor guy is frustrated.

‘But Mario didn’t lose his talent (overnight). The day one goes in, then the goals will keep piling up. Let’s not have any regret.’

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