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Balotelli hints at Nice exit

ROME, April 22, 2018 (AFP) - Italian striker Mario Balotelli dropped a strong hint he could leave Nice at the end of the season after two years with the Ligue 1 club.

Balotelli has scored 39 goals in 61 matches since arriving in France on a free transfer in August 2016 following dismal spells at Liverpool and AC Milan.

"It's been two amazing years thanks to everyone," Balotelli wrote on his Instagram account. "It's not a bye for now...you never know the future. I only wanted to say thanks already now."

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to Italy or England.

Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, last month said the striker would be "a bargain" for potential suitors in the summer, but Nice are reluctant to lose him for nothing.

Sixth-placed Nice host Montpellier on Sunday in a match crucial to their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, although Balotelli is expected to miss out due to illness


MADRID, April 21, 2018 (News Wires) — Barcelona became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa del Rey titles after blowing away Sevilla 5-0 in the final on Saturday.

Luis Suarez scored twice, and Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Philippe Coutinho also made the scoresheet for Barcelona's record-extending 30th Copa triumph, and sixth in the last decade.

Sevilla was trying to win a sixth Copa and save a season which will end without any trophies and maybe not even a place in the Europa League next season.

The final took place at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the capital amid the ongoing political turmoil involving Catalonia's bid for independence.

There were jeers by part of the Barcelona crowd when the national anthem was played, but the boos were largely subdued by the reaction of the numerous Sevilla fans in the crowd. Spain's King Felipe VI smiled and saluted the fans after the anthem.

No other team had won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33. The only other team to do it was Real Madrid from 1905-08.

Barcelona lost a chance to win the treble when it was eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, but it is three points away from winning the Spanish league.

CAIRO, March 20 (MENA) - EgyptAir has been chosen the official carrier of the Egyptian soccer team in FIFA World Cup 2018.

This was announced in a ceremony attended by Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi and Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz on Monday.

According to EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman Safwat Musallam the flag carrier has been sponsoring Egyptian teams and clubs in all international championships since 1936.

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