Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has admitted that he would love to return to Italy before his career ends, but has revealed it may be difficult.
The 29-year-old is currently in the Premier League with the English champions but has stated that his desire would be to return to Serie A before he calls it a day on his professional career.
Italy to England
The Serbian left Italy to join Manchester City back in 2010 after he agreed to leave Lazio having spent three years there. Kolarov cost City £16 million and quickly became an important figure in the Citizens back-line.
However, this season hasn't been as successful for the Serb as he has struggled to break into the first-team and cement a first-team spot under Manuel Pellegrini.
The left-back has been kept out of the team by Gael Clichy and has been limited to just 11 starts in the Premier League this campaign, leaving him frustrated and eyeing a return to Italy.
In recent months, former-club Lazio and also Inter Milan have been strongly linked with Kolarov and he has now revealed that a move back to Italy is a dream of his, but he knows how difficult it may be.
Roberto Mancini is keen to have a reunion with the defender at the San Siro after the two worked together at the Etihad Stadium but, given his recent comments, it seems Kolarov is only thinking about a move back to Lazio, the club he left five years ago.
During his three years at the club, Kolarov made 82 Serie A appearances and he's admitted that he still checks how they're doing in terms of results. The left-back stated that it would be a dream to go back at some point in his career.
"I'd like to return to Italy, but it's difficult," said Kolarov.
"I'm happy for Sinisa Mihajlovic; he's doing very well, as are Lazio.
"They're having a great season and I hope they can end it in third or even second place."
Whether City are prepared to let Kolarov leave is not understood as of yet, but if the right offer comes in, Pellegrini may see it as an opportunity to raise some funds ahead of a busy summer.