He told Canal+: "Everything depends on how one is positioned with this player. This is someone who is able to frighten Ligue 1 in terms of his potential. But I analyse football. The reality, at the professional level, is that he's scored very few goals.
"We are told of the arrival of a world star in Ligue 1. But when you look closely, he works in flashes. If someone tells me that Balotelli is among the 10 best strikers in the world, I laugh in his face!
"But do not forget he has scored only two goals in the last two seasons ... For me, it's a gamble. We lose Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli is recovered. These are two high-profile players. Except that one had 50 goals last season, the other only two ..."