Manchester City tactician Roberto Mancini is adamant that Mario Balotelli will one day again play his football in Serie A.
The young striker left the peninsula in the summer of 2010 after Inter accepted an offer from Manchester City.
The Italian international is continually paired with an Italian return though, notably with Milan, and Mancio expects him to move on – but not in the near future.
"Sooner or later Balotelli will go back to Italy," the City boss told the Corriere della Sera on Tuesday. "That is for sure.
"However, it won't happen for a few more years and it will do him good to remain at Manchester City for the time being.
"We did receive various offers for him from Italian clubs over the summer, but we don't sell anybody here."
Roma and Napoli were rumoured to also be interested in the centre-forward before the transfer window closed on August 31.
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