Mario Balotelli insists Nice of France has not taken a gamble by signing him on a free transfer from Liverpool FC.
The 26-year-old joined the Ligue 1 club to end an underwhelming two-year stint with the Reds, where he scored just four goals in 28 appearances after being signed by Brendan Rodgers in a £16m deal.
Balotelli also scored just one Serie A goal on loan at Milan last season and former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher joked that Nice were “still paying over the odds” when landing the Italian for nothing.
But while he admits the pressure is on to perform this season, Balotelli is adamant he does not represent a risk for Nice and believes it is best club for him.
“It was a footballing decision to come here,” he said. “There were other successful clubs who wanted me, but I need above all else to play this season. This season needs to be a good season.
“My career in football is very different from what has been written about me ever since I was 16 so I don’t think I am a risk.
“In the last two years the only problem has been the lack of game time due to physical problems. I don’t think I am a gamble at all – I have to be right physically and to do that, I only have to play. I only need to play regularly – mentally I am fine.”