Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has put sides in Italy on red alert after admitting he harbours hope of a return to Serie A one day in the future, reports ESPN.
The Serbian, who left Lazio five years ago for a new challenge at the Etihad Stadium, has struggled in an injury-hit season with manager Manuel Pellegrini often opting for Gael Clichy to occupy the left-back slot.
And, after comments made to Sky Italia, a move back to Italy could be in the offing with Inter Milan, Sampdoria and Lazio all interested in securing his signature.
The City ace stated: "I'd like to return to Italy, but it's difficult."
Despite never being a superstar like fellow teammates Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, Kolarov has been a City success nonetheless having helped the club embark on a mission of recent domestic success.
In his first season in English football he helped Mancini’s men end their agonising 35-year wait for a major trophy with victory against Stoke City in the FA Cup final, Toure scoring a second-half winner to give the Blues’ new moneybags era lift-off.
Then a year later came Premier League success, with Aguero’s last minute winner against Queens Park Rangers now one of the standout moments in the history of the competition. That it ensured they lift the trophy aloft at the expense of fierce rivals Manchester United only made the afternoon sweeter.
United won the league back in 2013 with the goals of Robin van Persie to the fore, but City survived a genuine title challenge from a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool last term to regain the trophy and lift it for a second time in three years.
Serie A return?
With Clichy making the left-back slot his own in recent months, and Pellegrini’s own future shrouded in uncertainty, Kolarov could soon find himself surplus to requirements ahead of what looks like another summer of change at the Etihad Stadium.
Inter spent heavily to bring Xherdan Shaqiri, Lukas Podolski and Davide Santon to the San Siro in the new year, and Mancini’s eagerness to bolster his squad could see both the Serbian and Toure depart to Italy’s top flight.
Former club Lazio have been in wonderful form under the tutelage of Stefano Poli, and if they manage to secure Champions League football could make a bid to bring their former hero back to the Stadio Olympico.
Sampdoria, another side chasing European football for next season, are also interested due to Kolarov’s links with compatriot Sinisa Mihajlovic. The Serbian could be just the man to get the City defender’s career back on track.
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