Italian forward Mario Balotelli has urged his former teammate at Liverpool, Mamadou Sakho, to leave the club in the January transfer window and join him at Nice.
Sakho has found himself frozen out at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp following a number of disciplinary incidents during pre-season and the opening weeks of the 2016-17 campaign.
Balotelli who was also frozen out by Klopp believes Sakho also needs to find a way out.
“I speak with him from time to time. I told him what a shame that a player like you is not playing,” he told Telefoot.
“I have played with Mama, he is one of the best defenders that I have come across, he deserves to be playing every match, for the national team too.
“That is what is most important, he should leave. I will ask him if he wants to come to Nice! For January, that would be good.”
Balotelli didn’t make the recent call up to the Italian team for the 2018 World cup qualifiers even though he has been in fine form for Nice. The 26-year-old has scored six goals in his first six league appearances for the French side.