Reports suggest that Mario Balotelli could be set for a return to the Premier League as Newcastle are prepared to take a gamble on the Italian striker in their bid to escape relegation from the Premier League.
Balotelli has been heavily linked with a departure from Nice after club president Jean-Pierre Rivere stated that there is a possibility of the player leaving the club.
The Italian striker may not sign a new deal with Nice and this is likely to start the beginning of another adventure in another European League, possibly a return to the Premier League with Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle.
The uncertainty over his future at Nice resulted in him being given time away from the training ground by club manager Patrick Vieira.
It can be recalled that Patrick Vieira has been increasingly frustrated with managing the player, revealing that would have slammed him up against a wall if he was his fellow player.
Vieira revealed earlier this week; ‘I have given Mario a few extra days off to think about his future and what he wants to do’.
‘He’s under contract here and everything is possible, if we can come to a common agreement who knows.
‘When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.
‘I don’t want to say something I’ll regret. I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.’