Srarfi reveals Balotelli 'makes things easier' at Nice

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/04/2018

Nice youngster Bassem Srarfi has heap praised on the contribution of Mario Balotelli at the club as make things look easy

The 27-year-old striker struggling consistency and goals in AC Milan and Liverpool but Italy international has found his groove again in Ligue 1 scoring 39 goals in all competitions, including 14 in the league this season.

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Balotelli current contract at the Allianz Riviera is set to expire at the end of the season and winger Srarfi has hailed what former Premier League winner brings to Les Aiglons

"Mario always puts the ball where you want it. He also makes things easier for you because he sucks in players with and gives you more freedom,” he told Goal.

"It is a relationship that becomes reciprocal because, thanks to his physical qualities and positioning, he is easy to find.”

Meanwhile, the Tunisia international does not believe he should be seen as the next Hatem Ben Arfa, despite following in the winger’s footsteps by joining Nice. 

"In Tunisia, where any player will dribble, I was used to playing like Hatem Ben Arfa,” the 20-year-old said of the PSG player, who will be a free agent in the summer. “This is the football we play in Tunisia. In France, we do not play like Ben Arfa. 

"I'm left-footed like him. He's a great player but there is not much comparison, I do not see myself as his successor.”

With a World Cup place in his sights, he is pleased that he is so closely followed by fans back in his homeland.

"I think a lot about the World Cup, so I hope to play regularly at the end of the season to show myself off,” he said. “I am very proud that the Tunisian fans follow me and that what I do is important to them. There are many Tunisians here in Nice, so I often have messages of support. It gives me strength.”

And his targets for the national team, who are slated to face England in the group stage, in Russia this summer are simple.

"God willing, we will win it!” he said.