Patrick Vieira Urging Nice to let Mario Balotelli Leave


Despite the unlikelihood that Mario Balotelli will move on from Nice, coach Patrick Vieira is pressuring the club “do what’s necessary to enable him to leave.”

Balotelli did not attend the start of preseason training last month and instead showed up two weeks later after talks over a potential move to Marseille slowed.

On Saturday, Vieira told Canal Plus that Balotelli did not want to extend his two-year stay with the club.

“It’s going to be very complicated, very difficult, as the player wants to leave,” he said.

“What’s important, for me and for the club, is to keep players who want to help the club improve — and from the moment Mario has decided he wants to leave, the club has to do what’s necessary to let him leave.”