Mario Balotelli might just be eyeing a January transfer and seems to favour a return to one of his former clubs above everything else.
The 27-year-old has shown some great form at OGC Nice this year and has scored 10 goals in 13 league games, but there are few certainties that he will remain in the Ligue 1.
In fact, he has released a series of interviews that seem to suggest that he's keen on leaving the French side during the winter transfer window.
The Italian joined the Premier League title leaders back in 2010 and left after three years for his boyhood club, AC Milan.
Despite leaving the Manchester outfit among several controversies, Balotelli has recently claimed that he would love to return and play under Pep Guardiola's lead - even for free.
He said (via Sky Sports):
Although he admitted that his time there wasn't easy, he further highlighted the greatness of the Premier League outfit: "Honestly, at the beginning, it was difficult to live in Manchester, which is different from London, and I struggled a little bit.
"But speaking of football, Manchester City are amazing. I am very happy that they have been doing so well, and I hope they will go on to win the Premier League well in advance."
Following this interview, the Italian also spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport about choosing a new destination and could not rule out the option to return to either of the Milan clubs.
He said: "
He also added more fuel to speculations by saying: "The Nerazzurri are a great club and I had a great time there. I was talking the other day with [sporting director Piero] Ausilio and I told him I'd love to go back, but it was just jovial."
This Mourinho story about Balotelli is amazing pic.twitter.com/L9aS5bgyvU— 90min (@90min_Football) October 27, 2017