Marseille star Mario Balotelli, has put up an encouraging performance so far for his club, but the Ligue 1 outfit will choose whether or not they will extend the striker’s deal in the summer.
According to Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, he said, ‘the club will conclude on the future of Mario Balotelli in the summer.’
The Italian striker, 28, has impressed since joining Marseille from Nice, scoring five times in just eight appearances, and made headlines for streaming his live reaction to scoring a goal on social media.
He was brought to Marseille on a six-month deal after a public falling-out with Nice manager Patrick Vieira saw him left out of the squad entirely for five games before his departure.
But Eyraud is happy with the forward’s performances and the signs are that, if he continues in this vein, he will be rewarded with fresh terms at the end of the season.
“It’s true that I believed [in him] from the beginning,” Eyraud told Le Dauphin
“Even Marseille owner Frank McCourt is someone who really believed in his type of profile at this time of the season, although we would have liked to see him come sooner.
“We are happy to see his performance, the way he was accepted into the group and the way he became integrated by his actions, his attitude, his behaviour on the pitch.”
However, Eyraud remained coy on whether or not Balotelli would indeed be given a new contract, despite assertions from the player himself that he would like to stay on at his new club.