Mario Balotelli has declared he wants a move back to a “big club” - and says he would go back to to Manchester City for free.

The former Liverpool and Man City striker is in his second season at Ligue 1 side Nice and has scored 15 goals this sesaon.

But the Italian, now 27, does not want to finish his career in France.

He said: “The aim is to go back to a big club. To win something important again. I called (agent) Mino Raiola and asked: ‘What am I doing in January?’ He said he didn’t know. I want to remain, so we’ll see.

"Admittedly, I would like to get back to having a strong squad behind me. I want to play in the Champions League and win something.