Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder has ruled out Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli ever returning to his old club, saying he “doesn’t think” there is any truth in the rumours linking him with a return to Italy.
Rumours began to circulate over Balotelli’s future after the Italian international suggested earlier this week that he would be open to a return to the San Siro at some point having left Inter for Manchester City in a deal reported to be worth around £24 million in 2010.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani also expressed a desire to play alongside Balotelli at the Naples-based outfit after the pair went head-to-head in Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy on Tuesday.
Inter captain Javier Zanetti insisted he would be “welcomed” back should he decide to return, but Sneijder believes that his form at the Etihad Stadium means he is unlikely to switch clubs anytime soon.
"I always had a good connection with him. He is a strong player with a lot of quality. He is doing very well at Manchester now though, so I don't think he will return to Inter," Sneijder told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Balotelli suffered an indifferent start to his Manchester City career, becoming involved in numerous off-the-pitch indiscretions, but has hit the ground running this season, finding the net seven times for City in all competitions to earn a regular starting spot in Roberto Mancini’s team.
City will likely to be unwilling to let Balotelli return to his old club, but appear keen on adding to their already considerable frontline, registering an interest in bringing Napoli forward pair Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi to the Etihad Stadium.