Mancini launched Balotelliâ€™s career at Inter and could well be reunited with the teenager after yet another row with Jose Mourinho.
â€śIâ€™d gladly take him right away. Mario is potentially a world class player, especially considering his age, as he already changes a game. I donâ€™t know about his current behaviour, but Iâ€™ve never had reason to complain when working with him.â€ť
Balotelli was criticised in the Italian media for his lifestyle, but got off lightly compared to the English furore over John Terryâ€™s tabloid revelations, which saw him stripped of the England captaincy.
â€śThe English really do come down hard on this sort of thing, but if someone behaves the way they should, then they have nothing to fear,â€ť said Mancini.