Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has joined Marseille on a six-month deal, the French club have confirmed.

The 28-year-old arrived in Marseille on Tuesday night and completed his medical before signing his contract and being unveiled to the media on Wednesday afternoon.

Balotelli joins on a free transfer from Ligue 1 neighbours Nice and will play a total of 17 matches at the Velodrome, earning a total of £2.6m until the end of the season, according to Sky in Italy.

The Italian star said  "I'm looking forward to playing with Marseille,  OM is a great club, and their fans are very passionate. I was hoping to come here.

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"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.

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

Manager Rudi Garcia explained it is unlikely Balotelli will feature for Marseille as soon as Friday, when they face Lille in Ligue 1.

"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," he said.

"We'll have to wait to see how long it will be until he is 100% ready."

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