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Italian international Mario Balotelli takes pay-cut to extend Nice stay in Ligue 1

Posted: 26 June 2017 Time: 08:20

Italian international striker Mario Balotelli signed a new one-year deal with French Ligue 1 outfit Nice after taking a pay-cut.

Nice announced the news on the club's website with a photo of the 26-year-old Balotelli signing his contract alongside president Jean-Pierre Rivere and general manager Julien Fournier.

Balotelli, who played in Italy for AC Milan and Inter Milan and England with Liverpool and Manchester City, joined Nice last August and scored 17 goals in 28 appearances as the club finished third in France.

The statement went on to praise the Italian for prioritising football over the financial aspect of the deal.

'The Italian international has made considerable financial efforts to continue the Nice adventure, as he always intended during this off-season, favouring the sporting aspect and the choice of his heart,' the statement read.

Article by: AFP
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