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Patrick Vieira to help Mario Balotelli leave Nice as boss confirms striker wants out

The former Man City and Liverpool striker has spent the last two seasons at the Ligue 1 club

Mario Balotelli looks poised to leave Nice after boss Patrick Vieira confirmed the striker wants to depart the club.

The former New York City FC manager has also claimed he will do everything in his power to help the 28-year-old secure a move away.

Nice striker Mario Balotelli is seeking a move away after two years at the club

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Nice striker Mario Balotelli is seeking a move away after two years at the club

Eaglets boss Patrick Vieira has claimed he will do whatever it takes to help Balotelli leave the French side

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Eaglets boss Patrick Vieira has claimed he will do whatever it takes to help Balotelli leave the French side

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Balotelli has just one year left on his deal at the Allianz Riviera, but has no intention of committing his future to the Eaglets.

He played no part in Nice’s 1-0 defeat against newly-promoted Reims in the Ligue 1 season opener on the weekend, after he returned to training two weeks late.

And now Vieira has revealed that the Italian international is seeking an exit away from the club that has rejuvenated his career.

The ex-Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder told Canal+: “It’s going to be very complicated, very difficult, as the player wants to leave.

Balotelli, 28, has banged in 43 goals in 66 games for Nice since joining in 2016

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Balotelli, 28, has banged in 43 goals in 66 games for Nice since joining in 2016

Balotelli played no part in Nice’s 1-0 defeat against Reims on the weekend

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Balotelli played no part in Nice’s 1-0 defeat against Reims on the weekend

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“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.”

Balotelli was linked with a switch to join Marseille earlier this summer, but talks are believed to have stalled over a potential transfer.

The former Inter Milan forward has starred for Nice since joining from Liverpool in 2016 – banging in 43 goals in 66 games in all competitions.