Zanetti talks up Balotelli

Nerazzurri skipper hopes for January arrivals

Javier Zanetti: The Inter Milan captain would welcome back Mario Balotelli

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Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti admits the club would welcome Mario Balotelli back to the club.

Balotelli departed the Nerazzurri in August 2010 and, after a tricky start to life with Manchester City, has now become an important first-team player for the Premier League frontrunners.

The 21-year-old striker has regulalry been linked with a return to Inter and Zanetti admits it would be good to have him back.

"The club is working for the January market and I'm sure important players will arrive ," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"(Mario) Balotelli? If one day he returned to Inter, the group would welcome him back, we did not have any problem with Mario."

Great champion

Inter have made a terrible start to the Serie A season and Claudio Ranieri's side currently sit 17th in the Italian top flight.

Zanetti also hinted that he would like Carlos Tevez to join the club, with Inter short of a top class striker since Samuel Eto'o departed for Russia.

He said: "Eto'o? He made a painful choice, but now we have to think to score points.

"Tevez? He is having problems with his club, but we speak of a great champion."