Mario Balotelli may have left Manchester City after the club's patience wore thin with the mercurial Italian, but the Premier League champions will have the full support of the AC Milan striker when they face Manchester United on Monday evening.
The 22-year-old left Manchester for Milan in a €20 million deal during the January transfer window, but still retains a special place in his heart for the club that provided him with the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League.
Balotelli was a scorer for Manchester City the last time they travelled to Manchester United, getting the ball rolling in that famous 6-1 victory at the Theatre of Dreams, and the Italy international will be a keen spectator when Roberto Mancini and his players return to the club.
Mancini has the full backing of his former charge, and Balotelli says he and fellow former Blue Nigel de Jong will be supporting Manchester City from Milan.
“I am sure me and Nigel (de Jong) will watch the game - perhaps not together - but we will both supporting our ex-teammates, the boss and the supporters big time: we want a win," Balotelli told the official Manchester City website.
“I am sure Roberto Mancini will find the right way to win the derby. I really hope City win.”
Although City meet United knowing the Premier League title is beyond them this season, the Etihad Stadium club are still in contention to win the FA Cup, and Balotelli hopes his former club can claim silverware this season.
"The FA Cup is a prestigious and important competition and winning it means to have glory for everyone, players, the whole team and the supporters,” he added.
"I have been lucky enough to experience another great moment against United (in that competition) that I have been very happy to share with my teammates and the great City supporters.
"Of course I hope that City can win the FA Cup, the team has the potential to do it and the boys deserve at least a trophy in this season."