New Nice manager Patrick Vieira has said he was surprised by Mario Balotelli’s failure to return for pre-season training after claiming he and the striker had spoken on the phone over plans for the new campaign.
Vieira also claimed that Mario Balotelli has put to waste two good years on the French south coast, ahead of his expected move to Marseille on a free.
“It’s a surprise for me,” Vieira told Nice Matin. “I was on the phone to him a few weeks ago and we had an appointment for his return. Unfortunately, he’s not here.
“It’s a shame because he had two beautiful years here, he built a very good relationship with the club and fans, so it’s a shame that it’s ended like this.
“If he wants to go somewhere else, it’s football and there are no problems, but it’s a shame that he wants to spoil the two beautiful years he had here.”