Dante: Balotelli fit and hungry

Nice defender Dante has been impressed by what he’s seen from striker Mario Balotelli in pre-season and believes the enigmatic striker is fitter than he was last season.

Balotelli enjoyed a successful 2016/17 Ligue 1 campaign, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances after completing his free transfer to the French outfit.

Dante believes the temperamental forward could do even better this time around, as he seems determined to improve and work hard for Nice.

"We can see that he's fitter than last year," said Dante, according to the Daily Mail.

"We can feel that he wants to improve, especially in terms of his fitness. He's really into the training.

"He knows that he needs to be ready. He's clearly in a much better place than last year."