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Balotelli training with Nice, future still unclear


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Marseille yet to make Balotelli offer - Nice chief


Balotelli has betrayed Nice - supporters


Mario Balotelli must be allowed to leave Nice - Patrick Vieira

Marseille's Dimitri Payet believes the club have done well to improve the squad and whether they bring in Mario Balotelli or not will be what's best for the team.

Mario Balotelli remains highly likely to move on from Nice, with coach Patrick Vieira urging the club to "do what's necessary to enable him to leave."

Balotelli did not attend the start of preseason training last month, arriving at the club two weeks later after talks over a proposed move to Marseille had ground to a halt.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker played no part in Nice's 1-0 defeat to Reims in their Ligue 1 season-opener on Saturday, and Vieira told Canal Plus that Balotelli...

Italy's Roberto Mancini: Andrea Pirlo as No. 2 would be 'right start' to coaching career

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes speaks to Paolo Maldini about Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus and Italy's hopes for the future.
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.

Roberto Mancini would welcome the appointment of Andrea Pirlo as his assistant with the Italian FA reported to be considering giving the former Italy midfielder his first coaching role.

Pirlo announced in May that he would study for his coaching badge after ending his playing career with New York City FC last November, and Italy are considering him as Mancini's right-hand man as they look ahead to the Nations League and qualifying for EURO 2020.

Interviewed in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday,...

Mario Balotelli training at Nice as Marseille transfer rumours go quiet

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson takes a look at the latest rumours in Transfer Rater, featuring Ivan Perisic, Gonzalo Higuain and more.

Mario Balotelli has finally begun preseason training with Nice over two weeks later than the rest of Patrick Vieira's squad.

Balotelli was an unexplained absence when Vieira took charge of his first training session with the Ligue 1 club at the start of July.

Amid media speculation that Balotelli was set to end his two-season stint with Nice and join rivals Marseille, the Italy forward had kept himself out of the spotlight.

However, he returned on Tuesday afternoon for an individual session -- though...

 By Ben Gladwell

Mario Balotelli uses England World Cup exit to hit back at fans 'who sent me stupid messages and insults'

ESPN's Charlie Gibson takes in all the action and fanfare in Moscow as England's World Cup journey comes to an end at the hands of Croatia.

Mario Balotelli responded to England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia with a message on Instagram in which he said it was payback to all those who had insulted him down the years.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward posted an Instagram story of him watching the game with a friend, and the final picture he posted conveyed a message to the England fans who he accused of spoiling his two spells in the Premier League.

"I'm sorry.. because I love England but for those who sent me...

Nice yet to receive Mario Balotelli offer from Marseille - president

With 22 goals in 31 games for Nice this season, the ESPN FC panel debate whether a move may be on the cards for Mario Balotelli.

Nice have not received any offers for striker Mario Balotelli as he continues to push for a move away from the club.

Balotelli has not reported for preseason training under new coach Patrick Vieira, who arrived last month from New York City FC, with his future at the club likely to be short-lived.

He was at Marseille's training ground last weekend to try to push the deal forward, but Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere told Infosport+ no club has yet backed up their interest in Balotelli with a formal...

 By Ian Holyman

Mario Balotelli has betrayed Nice, is like a thief - supporters

With 22 goals in 31 games for Nice this season, the ESPN FC panel debate whether a move may be on the cards for Mario Balotelli.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains why Nice is the right career move for Patrick Vieira with Pep Guardiola extending his stay at Man City.
Patrick Vieira looks back with delight on his two-and-a-half years as NYCFC's head coach as he departs to become manager of Nice.

Nice fans have accused Mario Balotelli of betraying them after he failed to attend the beginning of preseason training. 

Balotelli was absent when his Nice teammates started preseason preparations under new coach Patrick Vieira on Monday amid speculation about his future, with Marseille strongly linked with the striker.

His 33 goals in 51 Ligue 1 matches in his two campaigns in Ligue 1 have helped earn him a recall to the Italy squad and raised his profile again, leaving Nice supporters unhappy...