AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia feels a return to Italy would be best for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli is being linked with a move to Milan.

And Amelia said: "I do not know what will happen with Mario. As a friend and companion, I would like Robinho and Pato to stay.

"But with Mario, I do not know him very well.

"I think he has come to a particular moment in his life and perhaps it may be best for him that he comes back to Milan.

"This is an environment that allows a certain type of behaviour and I'm sure he is willing to prove himself to be a great player."