Mario Balotelli will remain with Nice this season, L’Equipe reports.
The 28-year-old has spent two years with Nice but was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera this summer, with south-coast rivals Marseille reportedly front-runners for his signature.
Nice alluded to Marseille’s interest in the Italy international when revealing that Balotelli had decided to commit his services to Les Aiglons.
The former Valencia and Getafe forward has played second fiddle to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez over the course of his two campaigns to date at the Camp Nou, and is seeking a new challenge away from the club.
The 24-year-old, who made 13 appearances for Spain between 2014 and 2016, has been told by boss Ernesto Valverde that he does not feature in his plans for the new season.
The 22-year-old is one of European’s most promising young players, but he will not come cheap if leading sides decide to make a move for the German international.
Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the youngster but could be resigned to losing him if Real Madrid or PSG put their full weight behind a transfer bid before the end of the transfer window on August 31.