Troublesome Mario Balotelli has revealed he would one day like to return to the Premier League – but not to former club Liverpool.

The 26-year-old frontman, who has been in good form this season with seven goals in 10 games, joined French side Nice in the summer on a free transfer from the Reds.

Balotelli said it would be for more personal rather than professional reasons why he wouldn’t go back to the Merseyside club.

“[If I go back to England] For sure not Liverpool,” the Italian striker told Chinese publication Xinhua.

“Because I find myself [performing] very bad in Liverpool. I said the team was good and the fans were amazing, but I would never go back to Liverpool.”

Balotelli, who created a very divided opinion of himself between fans during his time in the Premier League, has said that he may however be interested in other English top-flight clubs.

“The first one I think in England is Manchester City, and the second team I always like is Arsenal,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean I’ll go to play there. I just like them.”

During his first spell in England, the Italy international performed well – scoring 30 goals in 80 games for the Citizens.

But his second spell in the North West was a forgettable one, only notching four goals in 28 appearances at Anfield.

Arsene Wenger has been criticised in the past for not having a range of striking options.

But with the North London club scoring freely this campaign, Balotelli may not get his chance to join the Gunners.


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