Milan’s Balotelli could be set for a return to England.
AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli could be set for a return to the Premier League as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits interest in the striker.
It would be the chance for a reunion between the pair as the duo worked together for two years between 2008 and 2010 when they were both at Inter Milan.
During that time an historic treble of Seria A, Coppa Italia and Champions League was secured and Mourinho reveals that he would love to work with Balotelli again.
“In football you never know the future,” the 51-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports.
“Balotelli is with a big club at the moment but you never know the future.
“They want to keep the best players and want to keep the best Italian players. But Mario has already been in English football before.
“I’m not going to be manager of Milan or the Italy national team, but he’s a good kid and somebody I’d like to work with again.”
This adds fuel to the speculation that the Blues will make a move for the Italy international in the summer, as Mourinho looks to overhaul the current attack at Stamford Bridge.
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The trio of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres have all failed to impress in west London this term and could all be on their way at the end of the season.
Balotelli is an attractive prospect having impressed with Milan since returning to the Italian city in January 2013, scoring 26 goals in 41 matches for the club in all competitions.
The forward is also used to English football having played at Manchester City for two-and-a-half years and like Mourinho has publicly admitted to wanting a reunion with the manager.
“Of course I would like to play under Jose again. In my first days at Inter we had some problems, but then it turned into a mutual respect, and now we have a real friendship,” the 23-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports back in January.
Balotelli is known as being an entertaining but often controversial character, eventually being sold by City following a training ground fight with boss Roberto Mancini.
There is no denying the Italian’s talent though and the attacker could solve the Blues’ problems upfront.
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