Mario Balotelli finally departed the Premier League on deadline day this year after a hugely unsuccessful two-year spell with Liverpool.
However, whilst the controversial striker may be busy trying to piece together his career in France right now with Nice, his agent, Mino Raiola, is adamant that English football hasn't seen the last of him.
Speaking in an in-depth interview with the Daily Mail, Raiola was defiant in his belief that the Premier League could be welcoming back his client in as little as one year's time.
"Italy is unlivable for him because of the attention he gets,” he told the Daily Mail when discussing Balotelli's future.
“If he proves he can become stable at Nice and score goals then imagine how attractive he would be to a Premier League manager next summer as a free agent.
"France needs him, like they needed Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). He is good for the league but he will absolutely return to the Premier League."
As the agent to Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Balotelli, Raiola has made a career out of being able to talk up his high-profile clients.
However, his confidence might be misplaced this time.
Balotelli has hardly covered himself in glory during two spells in English football. Whilst he did rack up 30 goals in 80 appearances for Manchester City, he managed just two goals in two years at Anfield.
Issues off the field combined with a severe drop off in form in recent years mean that any club in England would surely have several red flags against Balotelli's name if he were available come next summer.
Raiola, though, believes the fact that the Italian striker would be a free agent could make him very appealing.
“What would a real manager rather do? Gamble £100m on a striker or take Balotelli? Because no one can tell me he is not a world-class talent.”
The agent then went on to admit that, had he had his own way, Balotelli would still actually be at City and he wouldn't have had to spent the past few years negotiating loan deals and free transfer moves.
“I should not have given him his way when he asked to leave City. It is the one big mistake I made,” Raiola said.
“Mario was unhappy and I should have said, ‘You’re feeling ****? You don’t like your job? Tough, grow up, get on with it.’ I needed to be cruel to be kind, but I was too nice."
Balotelli began his Nice career in impressive fashion last week, scoring twice on his debut. However, he was then dropped for the team's next game due to concerns over his fitness.
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