Mario Balotelli has told his new club Nice that they haven’t taken a ‘risk’ in signing him.
Balotelli signed for the Ligue 1 side on Wednesday after leaving Liverpool on a free transfer.
The striker was introduced to the French media for the first time on Friday and he started by addressing concerns some supporters may have expressed about his arrival.
‘The career that I have had, it’s different to what has been written in the press,’ Balotelli said, who was also joined by new signing YounesBelhanda.
‘To me I don’t represent a risk. I have had fitness problems, but a risk? No!’
The striker, has joined Nice on a one-year contract, which is reportedly worth £3.8million a year. Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, was also present at Friday’s press conference.
Nice’s club president, Jean-Pierre Rivere, insisted that he didn’t think the club had made a mistake by signing Balotelli.
‘We know the risk we are taking, but it’s one I take with pleasure,’ he said.
The 26-year-old made 16 appearances during
He moved on loan to AC Milan twice but endured a difficult time due to persistent injuries and a lack of form.
During his time in England – particularly when he was at Manchester City – he regularly hit the headlines with stories regarding his private life.
One journalist at Friday’s press conference asked Balotelli whether his reputation and lifestyle may interrupt matters on the pitch once again.
‘I prefer not to hear that question,’ he replied.
‘My priority was to play. I spoke to the coach (Lucien Favre) and he really wanted me. I hope that this year will be very good. That’s all!’
Lucien Favre, who has been in charge at Nice since May, spoke of his satisfaction in getting Balotelli to join his side.
‘He has enormous qualities. I have seen clips of his best moments and it was impressive, but this is a long-term job,’ said Swiss coach Favre.
‘Everything will depend on how willing he is. His fitness is the basis. Otherwise, I have no doubts about his technical ability.’
The Italian is available for Nice’s league game against Marseille on September 11

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