SPORT Snei­jder to sign 1-year con­tract with Nice

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Dutch leg­end Wesley Snei­jder is on his way to France to sign a 1-year con­tract with French side OGC Nice, where he will team up with Mario Balotelli as the club looks to push for­ward af­ter a last year’s sur­pris­ing ti­tle chal­lenge.

Ac­cord­ing to Dutch jour­nal­ist Mike Ver­weij, Snei­jder was spot­ted board­ing an air­plane in Am­s­ter­dam bound for France along with his fam­ily and agent Guido Al­bers.

Snei­jder, 33 years old, saw his Galatasaray con­tract ex­pire this sum­mer af­ter spend­ing three-and-a-half sea­sons in Turkey. The de­ci­sion was sur­pris­ing given how pro­duc­tive he was for the Turk­ish club, as­sist­ing a whop­ping 15 goals in 28 league ap­pear­ances last sea­son, and scor­ing five.

With Snei­jder’s creativ­ity, Balotelli could thrive even more than he did last year, when he scored 15 goals in 23 league ap­pear­ances to help Nice fin­ish third in Ligue 1. Even with Balotelli’s goals, Nice strug­gled to score at times, with their 63 league goals a dis­tant fourth in com­par­i­son with the other top Ligue 1 teams.

The ad­di­tion of Snei­jder could help close the gap, es­pe­cially with at­tack­ing mid­fielder Younes Bel­handa leav­ing for Snei­jder’s old club Galatasaray.

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