Mario Balotelli says he hopes big clubs are taking note of his continued good form at Nice as he eyes a return to Serie A or the Premier League in future.

The Italian forward has scored 16 goals in 21 games this season for the Ligue 1 side -- just one short of the 17 he scored in 28 outings last season.

While confirming he is enjoying life on the Cote d'Azur, Balotelli admits he does still seek another chance "at a big club to win something great again," adding that he pines for an experience like the one he had at Manchester City.

"No doubt that is where I enjoyed my best ever season," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It's a truly unique place -- I would even go back to play there for free. I'm aiming to play on at least another five, six years at the very top."

Balotelli has not excluded a return to one of his former Serie A clubs AC Milan or Inter Milan either, although he is not sure they want him.

"I was speaking to Ignazio Abate the other day because I wanted to go and pay my former teammates a visit at Milanello, and they were delighted, but [general manager Marco] Fassone made it clear that he didn't want the atmosphere of their training camp to be disturbed.

"The Nerazzurri are a great club and I had a great time there. I was talking the other day with [sporting director Piero] Ausilio and I told him I'd love to go back, but it was just jovial."