Julien Laurens examines Mario Balotelli’s torrid season so far at Nice. A season without goals and a rocky relationship with Patrick Vieira.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Marseille on a six-month contract. The French club said on Wednesday.

Sources told footballnews on Tuesday that Balotelli would join on a short-term deal after leaving Nice.

The source added that Balotelli, whose contract with Nice has been terminated. Is expected to be in Rudi Garcia’s squad on Friday when they face second-placed Lille in Ligue 1.

Balotelli has missed the last five matches .And was given “a few days to think about his future” by Nice manager Patrick Vieira. When his teammates returned to training after the festive break.

Last summer, Balotelli arrived two weeks late for preseason training,. prompting Vieira to ask Nice to allow the striker to leave at the time.

The 28-year-old has featured in just 10 matches for Nice this campaign, registering a single assist