Mario Balotelli looks to be on his way out of Manchester City after Brian Marwood pointed out he does “not show the right values and the right behaviour.”
Manager Roberto Mancini has tried to calm the Italian international, but the club appears to have lost patience.
“I think that it’s important to make a good example,” Football Administrator Marwood told the Sunday Mirror.
“I think – and we all know who we are talking about – that you will get people within the system who do not show the right values and the right behaviour.
“In the main, we have a fantastic group of players here. I look at [Pablo] Zabaleta, I look at [Vincent] Kompany, I look at Joe Hart, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott.
“I think we have a lot of players who can behave in the right way. You just have to make sure that THEY are the role models.”
Balotelli has long been linked with a return to Serie A, although there are few clubs who would be willing to take on the £24m striker.
Milan are the most likely option, though financial problems suggest they would only be prepared to bring him in on loan.
SuperMario has never disguised he is a Rossoneri supporter, despite playing for their rivals Inter.
Juventus have also been mentioned in the media, but the fans are unlikely to accept Balotelli into the fold after past controversies.
Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli could also be contenders to give Balotelli a return to Serie A.