By Alex Taylor
Mario Balotelli has been told that he will not receive special treatment and could be dropped at his new club Nice.
Balotelli, 26, left Liverpool this summer after a failed two-year spell in Merseyside having played just 28 times for the Reds, scoring four goals.
The maverick centre-forward has now joined French outfit Nice and has started brightly with his new club, scoring twice on his debut against Marseille in Ligue 1 last weekend.
“Balotelli knows that he has to work for the team,” Nice coach Lucien Farve told German publication Bild. “He knows that there will be no special treatment. If he deserves to play, he will play. If not, then no “
The striker burnt his bridges at Anfield and has criticised both Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers following his move to France.
The attacker was once considered one of the brightest prospects in football after breaking through the ranks at Inter Milan.
However, the Italy international has failed to build on a promising start to his career and he held talks with a wide number of European clubs lower down the pecking order before Nice became the fifth club of his increasingly nomadic career.
Balotelli has scored 100 goals and provided 31 assists in 278 games throughout his time in football
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