Former and striker Mario Balotelli has returned to Italy to join home town club Brescia.

Balotelli, who was released by French side Marseille in June, has signed a three-year deal with the newly-promoted side.

The 29-year-old reportedly rejected a move to Brazilian club Flamengo because he is keen to reclaim a spot in the Italy squad ahead of Euro 2020.

He has made 36 appearances for Italy but has not featured since September.

Brescia, who were crowned Serie B champions last season, are playing in the Italian top flight for the first time since 2011.

Balotelli’s last appearance in came in 2016 when he spent a season-long loan at AC Milan while under contract with .

That was his second spell at AC Milan – after 2013-14 – and he was part of the side that won the league, Italian Cup and treble under manager Jose Mourinho in 2010.

Balotelli has won three Serie A titles, as well as the with in 2012.

He will be officially presented as a Brescia player at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti on Monday afternoon, a club statement revealed.


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