Jose Mourinho holds fond memories of Mario Balotelli and says he’d work with him in the future, even if that possibility seems unlikely.
The Portuguese tactician’s two years with Inter saw him struggle to work with the young forward and he once labelled him as ‘unmanageable’.
However, having seen current side Chelsea recently linked with making a bid for the now Milan player, the 51-year-old has a fonder appreciation for his previous time spent with the 23-year-old.
“It was great fun, I always thought that was great fun and I have good memories of that,” Mourinho has considered to Yahoo Sport this week.
“Obviously with a kid like him - when he was a kid, maybe now he is a bit different - at that time you have your ups and downs and we had our ups and downs.
“But at the end of the day I enjoyed it, I think he enjoyed it too.
“He learned a few things – or not! – but he enjoyed it too and he was a Champions League winner at 18-years-old.”
Mourinho was asked of the prospect of working with Balotelli once again.
“In football you never know the future but I think at this moment he is with a big club, Milan.
“I suppose that they want to keep the best players and they want to keep the best Italian players.
“He was already in English football, for sure I am not going to be his manager at Milan or at the Italian national team so I don’t think there is any situation in the future but he’s a good guy, he’s a good kid.”