Mario Balotelli's days at Manchester City are spreading thin and he could quickly return to Italy, claims one of his friends.
Antonio, a waiter in Manchester's King Street restaurant 'San Carlo', has come to know the former Inter man well, and revealed Balotelli could soon give up on trying to forge a bond with Premier League life.
Balotelli has expressed inner calm and humility thus far when under the spotlight, but Antonio claims the reality is different behind the scenes.
"I think he will soon return to Italy," the waiter told Tuttosport.
"He needs his family around him to adapt. He lives around here at the Hotel Lowry. Sometimes he locks himself in his room. And at times you can read the sadness.
"He comes here often to have a chat with friends. He is a great guy."