Nice Reluctant To Part Ways With Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli is eager to move to a bigger club during the upcoming January transfer window. However, the Italian’s wishes might not be fulfilled in the coming weeks.

It was recently reported that Balotelli wanted to return to a “bigger club” and that he did not want to play for Nice anymore, but apparently the Ligue 1 side is not entertaining any talk of a potential transfer elsewhere.

Nice’s president, Jean-Pierre Rivere, has stated they are not keen on selling the Italian striker, and that a winter sale is “unimaginable” at the moment.

“Mario leaving? No, that’s impossible. You know his importance. It’s unimaginable,” he said, adding that even a weighty offer would not sway him. That’s not what interests us for Mario, but rather that he continues carrying the team onwards and upwards.”

Balotelli has played for Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Manchester City, among other teams. He recently stated he would welcome a move back to the Premier League giants if the chance appeared.

Balotelli is having another impressive campaign with Nice, firing 16 goals in just 21 games during the current term. He scored 17 goals during the 2016-17 season, so he is doing a good job to show he is committed to play at a high level. But Nice’s reluctancy to sell and Balotelli’s past might be too much for teams looking to acquire the former Italy international over the next few weeks.