Wednesday November 17 2010
Balotelli wants to play with Ibra

Mario Balotelli has revealed his desire to play with Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic one day in the future.

The 20-year-old Manchester City centre-forward is already being linked with a move back to San Siro after he was seen dining with Adriano Galliani after Sunday's Derby della Madonnina.

It's no secret that Balotelli is a Milan supporter. He famously played for Inter alongside Ibrahimovic before the latter left for Barcelona in the summer of 2009 and shares the same agent.

"One day I would like to return to playing with Ibrahimovic," Balotelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It doesn't matter what shirt I wear. It would be great."

Speaking ahead of Italy's friendly with Romania, Balotelli was casting his eye over the Azzurri's history, looking in particular at a photograph of the 1982 World Cup winning side.

"They are all famous faces, but I don't remember all the names. The one with the frizzy hair [Claudio Gentile] stopped Maradona, right?"

Looking back at his time at Inter, he said: "Together with Cesare Prandelli and Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho is the best Coach that I've had.

"He made me stronger in the head. When he first criticised me it knocked me. The second time too. The third time I responded. The fourth I responded and I listened.

"Now if a Coach criticises me, it doesn't demoralise me anymore."

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