Mario Balotelli has been arriving as early as 7.30am for Nice training in order to get back in shape, according to reports in France. The 28-year-old is behind his team-mates in fitness terms after missing most of pre-season trying to engineer a move to Marseille.
That failed to happen and the Italy international has had to play catch-up after looking sluggish both for Les Aiglons and also the Azzurri against Poland on September 7.
New Nice boss Patrick Vieira has offered Balotelli the chance to continue his career at the club, handing him two starts to date, and it seems the former Liverpool hitman is prepared to put in the hard yards to repay his faith.
French daily Nice-Matin are reporting the controversial star has been turning up way ahead of his team-mates and is determined to get up to full speed as soon as possible.