Nice manager Patrick Vieira has revealed that Mario Balotelli wants to leave and that they will do “whatever it takes” to ensure it happens
Balotelli, 28, was absent in Nice’s 1-0 loss to the newly-promoted Reims in the first game of the new Ligue 1 season as a result of disciplinary issues.
Vieira confirmed after the match that Balotelli intends to put an end to his two-year association with the French club.
“The player wants to leave, so it’s unlikely he’ll remain here,” said Vieira, according to Sky Sports.
“We want players whose desire it is to go forward with the club.
“It’s a very complicated and difficult situation, so the club will try to do whatever is possible to help him leave.”
The Italian striker reported back late for pre-season training earlier this summer, incurring the wrath of Vieira who was his former Manchester City teammate.
Although the 28-year-old’s prospects of leaving the Allianz Riviera this summer recently took a blow after Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis dismissed rumours that his club were interested in signing the striker.
“[Dries] Mertens will not leave, [Angel] Di Maria will not come, and as for Balotelli I’ve been saying no for years,” said De Laurentiis.
“It’s very false that he will come to Napoli,” De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss.
Balotelli has scored 43 goals in 66 games for Nice.