29 Sept 2016

I'm Impressed: Belhanda claims 'scary' €20m Liverpool misfit is like 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic'

Mario Balotelli has only a month into his new career at Nice, but he's already picking up admirers, and new team-mate Younes Belhanda is the latest to wax lyrical about the controversial Italian striker.

When asked this week about Balotelli's impact at Nice, Belhanda - a a regular transfer target for Liverpool - raved:

"It's scary to see Mario Balotelli in front of you. Ibrahimovic and Balotelli are talented players, internationally recognized. So when you have a player of that calibre against you, you have a little pressure."

Balotelli has contributed four goals in his first two league games for Nice, but due to a new injury, he missed the club's 1-0 victory over Nancy on Sunday.

Things are going well for Balotelli so far, but according to Nice's president, Jean-Pierre Rivere, Mino Raiola tried to talk put the stoppers on the move. He told L'Equipe:

"Mino gave me all the reasons why I should not sign [Balotelli], and when he arrived, Mino said to him, 'Everything bad I had to say about you to the president, I have said,'".

Clearly, Nice went into this deal with their eyes open (!)

* Jul 2016: Described as an 'incredible talent' by Crotone president Raffaele Vrenna. Cost Liverpool €20m


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