BOLOGNA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Mario Balotelli of Italy looks on during the UEFA Nations League A group three match between Italy and Poland at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on September 7, 2018 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

The Italian striker will join the French Ligue 1 team for six months after he completed his medical. He spoke to the press for the first time.

28-year-old Italian striker Mario Balotelli has signed for six months with French Ligue 1 club Marseille.

The footballer was presented today to the media as he spoke for the first time on what it means for him.

“I’m looking forward to playing with Marseille,” he was quoted by Sky Sports.

“OM is a great club, and their fans are very passionate. I was hoping to come here.”

Balotelli started his youth career with Lumezzane in Italy in 2001.

He was then moved to the first team in 2006, and after only one season was bought by Internazionale Milan.

In 2010 he moved to Manchester City, only to return to the Italian Lega Serie A on 2013 with AC Milan.

He spent one year with Liverpool in 2014, behind loaned in 2015 to Milan.

Marseille boss admits Balotelli needs to work on his fitness

Manager Rudi Garcia is pleased with how Mario Balotelli has settled in Marseille but accepts he must work on his fitness issues.

Balotelli joined Nice in 2016, and he became a free agent over the winter, only to join Marseille now.

“I can’t wait to score my first goal but the most important thing is the team. My goal is to score a lot of goals and assist my teammates,” he added.

“I hope the supporters will support us on Friday. The team and I will do the utmost.”

“He has not played for a month and has not trained for a month, it is impossible to see him start on Friday even though he would be eligible to play,” manager Rudi Garcia commented

“We’ll have to wait to see how long it will be until he is 100% ready.”