• Balotelli: My relationship with Rodgers was ‘disaster’

    Balotelli: My relationship with Rodgers was ‘disaster’

    Mario Balotelli has described his relationship with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as a “disaster”.

    Rodgers reluctantly bought Balotelli for £16m in the summer of 2014 but the Italian scored only four goals in 28 appearances before being sent back to Milan on loan.

    He then returned to Liverpool but was immediately told that he would not be part of new manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans; he was given a free transfer and joined Nice, where he has scored six goals in six […]

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

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

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

     

    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 […]

  • Balotelli ‘has found the right atmosphere in France’ – Motta

    Balotelli ‘has found the right atmosphere in France’ – Motta

    Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has praised Nice striker Mario Balotelli, adding he “has found the right environment” at the Ligue 1 club.

    Nice currently lead defending French champions PSG by three points at the top of the table and Balotelli has scored six goals in six league appearances since arriving in the summer from Liverpool.

    Speaking with Gazzetta dello Sport, Motta talked up his Italian compatriot’s chances of an international return but conceded he will “have to be a team player” […]

  • Balotelli: I don’t know Klopp

    Balotelli: I don’t know Klopp

    The Italian striker, now in fine goalscoring form at Nice, has revealed he had virtually no relationship with the Liverpool manager before his departure.

    Mario Balotelli has revealed that he had no relationship with Jurgen Klopp, who simply told him to leave Liverpool on loan.

    The Italian was signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2015 from AC Milan but struggled to make an impact with the Reds before returning to the Rossoneri on a temporary deal.

    He is now playing for Nice – where […]

  • Referee admits Balotelli red card error

    Referee admits Balotelli red card error

    Mario Balotelli is unlikely to serve a suspension for his red card in Nice’s victory over Lorient after the referee admitted that he made an error.

    The striker has made a stunning start to his career in Ligue 1 after being rescued from his Liverpool nightmare on the final day of the transfer window.

    Balotelli has scored six goals in five appearances in all competitions for leaders Nice since arriving in France, the latest an 86th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 victory […]

  • Mario Balotelli sent off THREE minutes after scoring stunning Nice winner

    Mario Balotelli sent off THREE minutes after scoring stunning Nice winner

    Mario Balotelli had a bittersweet afternoon at the Allianz Riviera, where he scored a stunning winning goal to put Nice top of Ligue 1 but was later dismissed in the 2-1 win over Lorient.

    The Italy international, who was overlooked for a recall to the Azzurri this weekend despite his excellent form in France, shot brilliantly into the top corner with a curling shot from the edge of the box with four minutes to restore his side’s advantage after Benjamin Moukandjo […]

  • Radamel Falcao hospitalised with concussion in Monaco defeat

    Radamel Falcao hospitalised with concussion in Monaco defeat

    Radamel Falcao spent Wednesday night under observation in hospital in Monaco after suffering concussion in his team’s 4-0 derby defeat to Nice.

    Falcao, 30, went off at half-time of the Ligue 1 encounter after a heavy collision with Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale.

    The former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea, underwent an MRI scan at the Princess Grace hospital in the principality, the results of which were “normal,” according to […]

  • Mario Balotelli calls Liverpool move the ‘worst mistake’ of his life

    Mario Balotelli calls Liverpool move the ‘worst mistake’ of his life

    Striker Mario Balotelli believes his ill-fated move to Liverpool was the “worst mistake” of his life.

    The Italy international was bought for £16 million in the summer of 2014 by then manager Brendan Rodgers, but scored just four goals in 28 appearances.

    It quickly became apparent he did not fit in with Rodgers’ style of play and soon fell out of favour, being loaned out to AC Milan last season.

    He returned this summer, but, with no future under new boss Jurgen Klopp, […]

  • Balotelli: I’m not a gamble

    Balotelli: I’m not a gamble

    The controversial Italian has bit back after Jamie Carragher claimed Nice were “still paying over the odds” despite signing the striker on a free transfer from Liverpool.

    Mario Balotelli insists Nice have not taken a gamble by signing him on a free transfer from Liverpool.

    The 26-year-old joined the Ligue 1 club to end an underwhelming two-year stint with the Reds, where he scored just four goals in 28 appearances after being signed by Brendan Rodgers in a £16m deal.

    Balotelli also scored […]

  • Balotelli completes transfer from Liverpool to Nice

    Balotelli completes transfer from Liverpool to Nice

    Liverpool have confirmed that Mario Balotelli has completed a permanent transfer to French side Nice.

    Nice have signed the striker on a free transfer to end his two-year nightmare stay on Merseyside.

    Balotelli was in the south of France on Wednesday for discussions with the Ligue 1 outfit and underwent a medical, one source told ESPN.

    Liverpool have been trying to find suitors for Balotelli, who had one year remaining on his contract, all summer after Jurgen Klopp made it clear that the […]

  • Bye bye Balotelli? Liverpool flop appears to have farewell dinner with his friends ahead of imminent loan move to Nice

    Bye bye Balotelli? Liverpool flop appears to have farewell dinner with his friends ahead of imminent loan move to Nice

    Mario Balotelli threw a dinner party for his friends in Manchester city centre on Monday night, in what seemed to be a grand farewell.

    Wearing lime green high-top trainers, and an equally garish T-shirt, the Liverpool flop enjoyed a night in the private dining room of Italian restaurant San Carlo, in the north west city.

    The Italian striker looks likely to join French side Nice as Jurgen Klopp prepares for a late Anfield clear-out.

    And Balotelli – who spent three seasons with City […]