Balotelli and Favre stay­ing at Nice

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Nice cen­tre-back Dante said yes­ter­day he is de­lighted that star forward Mario Balotelli and coach Lu­cien Favre de­cided to stay at the Ligue 1 club. Nice face a trip to Am­s­ter­dam to take on Ajax in the Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fy­ing sec­ond leg to­day in their first ever participation in Europe’s pre­mier com­pe­ti­tion. Al­though Balotelli will be miss­ing after suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury in the 1-1 first leg draw in south­ern France, in which he scored Nice’s goal, Dante is re­lieved the tem­per­a­men­tal Ital­ian has re­mained on the Cote d’Azur. “Mario was free (to leave). The two par­ties made an ef­fort, though. We’re very happy with that,” said Brazil­ian Dante. Favre had been courted by Borussia Dortmund in the close sea­son but Nice, who fin­ished third in the top flight last sea­son, ruled out any exit for the Swiss coach in June, with the Bun­desliga out­fit ap­point­ing Peter Bosz in­stead. “I never though the coach would leave be­fore the end of his con­tract,” said Dante.

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