Mario Balotelli has long been a man that has divided opinion, and his off-pitch antics have often landed him in hot water. There is little doubt of his talent however, and he will forever be immortalised in commentary for providing the assist for that historic Aguero goal that won Manchester City the 2011/12 Premier League title.
Having been a part of that magical moment, it didn’t take long for the Italian international to move on from Manchester, and he made the switch to AC Milan in January of 2013. He has subsequently featured for Liverpool, and is now plying his trade for OGC Nice in Ligue 1.
However the striker is apparently keen on a return to Manchester City, according to the Guardian, having said, “I love City, the fans and the club, I’d happily go back there for free.”
Balotelli has been in great form for Nice, with seven goals in nine league appearances so far this season, as well as 15 in the previous campaign. Evidently his ability to find the back of the net has clearly not been lost then, and a Premier League return may not be out of the question.
Current City manager Pep Guardiola may well find the notion of unlocking Balotelli’s full potential to be an intriguing prospect, but it remains to be seen whether a deal actually materialises.