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'Formidable' City striker welcome to make homeland return

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Inter Milan manager Claudio Ranieri would welcome the arrival of Mario Balotelli.

The Italian international has been a big hit for his club this season, scoring seven goals, including two in last month's Manchester derby.

Balotelli produced another moment of brilliance against Poland while on international duty, and Ranieri says that the City striker would be welcomed with open arms should he wish to return.

"I would welcome Balotelli with open arms. He is a formidable talent," Ranieri was quoted as saying by Il Corriere dello Sport.

"I have not spoken to the players in the changing room to understand if there is any aversion with regards to him.

"He can become one of the best players in the world - but it's all down to him."

City boss Roberto Mancini has recently stated that bids from Italy were turned down for Balotelli, but given his recent form, the Premier League outfit are unlikely to part with him.

Balotelli's current deal with City runs until 2015.

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