Mario Balotelli promises to ‘get a helicopter and fly over Nice’ if he can lead the underdogs to the Ligue 1 title

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Mario Balotelli has promised to fly a helicopter over Nice if he can guide his new team to an unlikely Ligue 1 title.

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Balotelli joined the French club from Liverpool on a free transfer over the summer, and has been an instant hit with six goals in as many league games.

It comes as a complete contrast to his two years on Merseyside, where he flopped and was eventually frozen out, as he has been a key man in Nice reaching the top of the table.

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BALOTELLI’S NICE FORM

Games: 9

Goals: 7

Assists: 0

Yellow cards: 4

Red cards: 1

Minutes played: 735

Nice have not won the league since 1959 and have stiff competition from PSG, runaway winners of the championship in recent years, but the Italian striker knows exactly how he will celebrate if the Riviera side do win.

He told Mediaset Premium: ‘If we win the tournament, I’ll get a helicopter and fly over Nice!’

Balotelli also said he hopes to win his place back in the national side, having been surprisingly left out by coach Giampiero Ventura for the World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein and the friendly versus Germany, despite his rich scoring form.

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He said: ‘I have always been an Italy fan. If Ventura does call me, I know that I’ll have to play at my best.’

The form of the man known as ‘Super Mario’ may have been ignored by Ventura, but it has not been missed by Italian fans or media.

Balotelli has been linked with a move back to Serie A less than six months after going to France, with Napoli reportedly interested after an injury to Arkadiusz Milik.

The 26-year-old said he was flattered, but was concentrating on keeping up Nice’s three-point lead in Ligue 1.

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He said: ‘I love Naples and Neapolitans, my daughter lives there, but for the moment returning to Italy is not in my plans. I am focused only on Nice and France.’

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