Inter Milan would welcome return of Mario Balotelli

 

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Mario Balotelli's performance for Italy in the friendly against Poland did not go unnoticed by Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri.

The 21-year-old forward scored his first goal for the Azzurri and set up another in Friday's 2-0 victory.

Balotelli played three seasons for Inter before leaving the Serie A club for Manchester City in the summer of 2010.

And Ranieri revealed he would like to coach Balotelli one day.

"I would welcome Balotelli with open arms," Ranieri said in an interview with Corriere dello Sport. "He is a formidable talent.

"I have not spoken to the players in the changing room to understand if there is any aversion with regards to him."

Balotelli got into trouble with Inter fans when he was photographed wearing the shirt of AC Milan - the club he supported while growing up.

He was dropped by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli for indiscipline earlier this year, but is doing well under Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini.

"He can become one of the best players in the world but it's all down to him," Ranieri said.

Italy coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Mancini deserves credit for helping Balotelli develop.

"Balotelli has matured," the former AC Milan and Chelsea coach said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "Now on the pitch he shows seriousness and gives an added value to the national team.

"Mario has found the right path thanks to Mancini."

Balotelli, who is under contract with City until June 2015, is set to lead Italy's attack in tomorrow's friendly against Uruguay in Rome.

Inter president Massimo Moratti has admitted he would like to bring Balotelli back to the club.

"I've always felt great affection for Mario," Moratti said on the club's official website, www.inter.it. "If I had the chance, I would sign him tomorrow morning.

"But I believe the experience in England and playing under Mancini is greatly benefiting him."

Balotelli was frequently dropped by former Inter coach Jose Mourinho for misbehaving.

"I don't have any regrets over selling him," Moratti added. "At the time, certain things happened that made it difficult to keep him (at the club)."

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