The Manchester United defender claims the striker "really misses" his country and added further fuel to the fire after defensive coach Angelo Gregucci hinted that he could be soldMario Balotelli wants to leave Premier League champions Manchester City and return to his native Italy according to Manchester United adversary Patrice Evra.
The controversial 22-year-old's future has been plunged into fresh doubt after Red Devils captain Evra hinted he would seek a return to his homeland after becoming wistful in England.
“Mario really misses Italy," Evra told Italian TV.
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“I don’t know if he will stay in Manchester, because he wants to return to his country. I am not his agent - I am only telling you how he feels.
“He is my rival in Manchester - I meet him a lot, I know him well. Off the pitch, we joke around and I take the micky out of him.”
City defensive coach Angelo Gregucci also refused to offer assurances on Balotelli's City future saying he is "definitely sellable" but claims that the Azzurri star is ready to fight for his place at the club.
“Mancini has chosen to give him a signal, and it is his right to make choices,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“Perhaps during the last week something was missing, but Mario is ready to take back the Manchester City shirt.
“Will he stay? It’s not up to me to say. I just know that he is definitely sellable. He has 22 years of talent and quality.
“He is a resource of our football club. He will give his contribution to the national team and to City.”