OFFICIAL: Mario Balotelli completes six-months loan move to Marseille

By Michael Duah
OFFICIAL: Mario Balotelli completes six-months loan move to Marseille
OFFICIAL: Mario Balotelli completes six-months loan move to Marseille

Mario Balotelli has ended his two and a half year spell with Nice after completing a move to Marseille on Wednesday 23rd January.

The move comes despite Balotelli’s drop of form in recent months which has seen him fail to score in ten league appearances this season.

The Italian has signed a six-month deal until the end of the current campaign.

The Italian forward started his career at Inter Milan before a £19m move to Manchester City, where he won the Premier League title in 2012.

He swapped City for AC Milan in 2012 but returned to England just two years later, joining Liverpool for £16m as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez.

After failing to impress during his time at Anfield, Balotelli went through an uneventful return to Milan on loan before rediscovering a rich vein of goalscoring form at Nice, with 43 goals across all competitions during his first two seasons in France.

Now Balotelli will be hoping to kick-start a new chapter of his career in southern France, as Marseille look to close in on a third-place finish that would guarantee them a spot in the Champions League qualifiers.

"I'm looking forward to playing with Marseille," he said. "OM is a great club, and their fans are very passionate. I was hoping to come here.

"I can't wait to score my first goal but the most important thing is the team. My goal is to score a lot of goals and assist my teammates.

"I hope the supporters will support us on Friday. The team and I will do the utmost."

Manager Rudi Garcia explained it is unlikely Balotelli will feature for Marseille as soon as Friday when they face Lille in Ligue 1.

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"He has not played for a month and has not trained for a month, it is impossible to see him start on Friday even though he would be eligible to play," he said.

"We'll have to wait to see how long it will be until he is 100% ready."