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Nice confirm Balotelli's contract extension

Ligue 1 side Nice have announced that they have extended the contract of controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli, but did not disclose the length of the newly-signed deal.

"Super Mario Balotelli stays at Nice!" Xinhua news agency quoted the French top division football club as saying in a statement on their official website on Sunday. Balotelli, who suffered a slump in form in recent years, especially undergoing two terrible seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, made a strong comeback in Nice last season, scoring a total of 17 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions and helping the team clinch a spot in UEFA Champions League qualifications with a third place finish in French top-flight league.

"Despite a large amount of interest, the Italian international compromised financially to continue, just as he had always intended to during the break, his adventure in Nice, favoring the sporting aspect and following his heart," the statement said.

Sources close to the club revealed that Balotelli could extend his contract with Nice by two years on a monthly salary of 450,000 euros ($503662).
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