Newcastle United defender Davide Santon feels Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is eyeing a return to Italy.

Balotelli revealed this week he'd been in contact with AC Milan and Inter Milan this season.

"We often speak and sometimes we meet up," reflected Santon to Sky Sport Italia. "He doesn't have a proper smoking habit, he is just a quiet boy who wants to have fun.

"I do not know what he wants to do in the future because sometimes he says he wants to return to Italy and sometimes he says he wants to stay a long time with City."