Nocerino wants Balotelli at Milan

AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino hopes out of favour Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will join the Rossoneri in the near future.

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Balotelli has been linked with a move away from City in recent times, with numerous reports suggesting that manager Roberto Mancini had lost patience with the inconsistent, volatile striker, and Milan have been widely touted as a possible destination should the 22-year-old leave the club.

The former Inter Milan player did his chances of staying at the club no favours with a lacklustre display up front in his side's 3-2 loss to arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, and his petulant reaction to being substituted would not have impressed the City heirarchy.

With Milan struggling this season following the departure of two of their biggest stars in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva during the summer, the Rossoneri could certainly do with another quality striker like Balotelli within their ranks to complement current forward Stephan El Shaarawy up front.

And despite Balotelli's notoriety, Nocerino has advised Balotelli to move to Milan, claiming that the Italian international would flourish if he had the chance to work with his international team-mate El Shaarawy in attack.

"An El Shaarawy-Balotelli pairing would be very nice," Nocerino told Sky Sport Italia. 

"It's not up to me to choose players though.

"For now, I am enjoying them playing together for the national team."

Nocerino also revealed his joy at having scored in his side's 4-2 comeback win over Torino on Sunday, whilst credited club president Silvio Berlusconi, who had been paying regular visits to the Rossoneri training sessions in recent times, for inspiring the Rossoneri.

"It was important to win against a tricky team like Torino," Nocerino added. 

"I have tried to put into practice what I have been taught - sacrifice, commitment and a never-say-die attitude.

"I have tried to do that in the good times and the bad times.

"Berlusconi can return to politics, but we need him. He always gives the players confidence - he is a great motivator."

Milan will take on Pescara in their next Serie A fixture, while Balotelli will be unlikely to feature for City when they take on Newcastle in their next Premier League game.

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