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Patrick Vieira Says That He Wants To ‘Slam Mario Balotelli Against The Wall’

Patrick Vieira Says That He Wants To ‘Slam Mario Balotelli Against The Wall’

Patrick Vieira's patience is running thin with Mario Balotelli after the Nice manager issued some strong choice of words on the former Manchester City star.

The Arsenal legend has had to deal with the brash behaviour of the 28-year-old Italian international, who has crossed paths with different managers across his club career.

Now, the 42-year-old former footballer has revealed his true feelings towards Balotelli.

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"When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can't, as I'm no longer a player," Vieira told L'Équipe.

"I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don't want to say something I'll regret.

"I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him."

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Football Italia reports that Le Journal du Dimanche had reported on two incidents involving Balotelli.

Back in November, the former AC and Inter Milan star stormed off after he was substituted against Nîmes.

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However, the French newspaper has claimed that he caused havoc in the locker room and refused to clean up the mess that he made.

Of course, that is not the only incident involving him. Following on from that little episode, Balotelli would cause even more drama during a 0-0 draw with Guingamp.

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The former Liverpool player decided to walk out of Vieira's team talk so that he could use the toilet.

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Yeah, that could explain why the Nice boss doesn't hold the Italian footballer in such high esteem.

SPORTbible reported in July that there was already friction between Vieira and Balotelli at the club.

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The Nice star, who moved to the club from Liverpool in 2016, has not scored in Ligue 1 this season. You know, the only thing that could probably send Vieira into meltdown would be if Balotelli tried to do another trick shot like he did at Manchester City.

Will Balotelli be at Nice next season?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Patrick Vieira, Football, Nice, Mario Balotelli, AC Milan, L'Equipe, Inter Milan

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]