Mario Balotelli has stated his desire to play for AC Milan again one day in the future, branding San Siro as the best stadium in the world.
Balotelli began his career as a youth player with Lumezzane before joining Inter in 2007 where he won the treble with them in 2010, before departing the summer for Manchester City in 2010 and then coming back to Serie A in 2013 to play with Milan.
A spell at Liverpool followed and then he played for OGC Nice and Marseille in Ligue 1. He returned to Italy a third time, joining Serie A club Brescia in summer 2019. He then ended up at Monza and Turkish club Adana Demirspor, before now moving to FC Sion.
Balotelli has just joined FC Sion in Switzerland in what is the latest move in a very unpredictable recent history, and he spoke to DAZN about the Milan derby over the weekend among other topics, with Calciomercato.com relaying his words.
What do you feel when you see the derby between Milan and Inter?
“The two teams are both beautiful. I didn’t see the derby because we played at the same time. San Siro is the most beautiful stadium in the world.”
Do you believe in returning to the national team?
“I also said it when I introduced myself. It’s not that I don’t care about the national team anymore, it would be a lie to say it. But right now I think about taking it easy, doing my season, then if the national team arrives, so be it. If there is a chance and I deserve it, so be it. For my part, there will never be closed doors to the national team.”
Would you have liked to play for Napoli?
“I am very attached to Napoli. I really would have liked to have been a Napoli player, but years ago. For a few situations it could not have been possible. I would have liked it very much, for many situations.”
Is there an Italian team you would like to play for?
“Milan. I like Milan. It’s bad that I say Milan, because even Inter wouldn’t make me sick. They are the two most beautiful teams a player can be in, teams a kid can fantasise about.”