Inter Milan could offer Mario Balotelli an escape route from Manchester City, but will not discuss the issue until June.
The striker has been at the centre of a number of controversies since moving from Inter to City in a £24million deal in 2010 and his bad-boy reputation has grown in recent weeks.
Critics have linked Balotelli's recent antics, including last weekend's on-field arguments with team-mates during the draw with Sunderland, with his club's collapse in the title race.
And, despite Roberto Mancini on Thursday defending the 21-year-old ahead of Sunday's crucial trip to Arsenal, it has been suggested City will be ready to sell in the summer.
Balotelli was on Thursday again on the front pages of a number of British tabloid newspapers regarding his personal life, which will only add to the rumours of his Etihad Stadium exit.
A return to Inter, who would know they could probably re-sign the player at a lower fee than they received two years ago, has been reported as a possible destination.
But the Serie A club will not give it thought until the summer at the earliest, as their sporting director, Marco Branca, insisted at a press conference to unveil new signing Fredy Guarin.
Asked about Balotelli, Branca said: "I don't want to be rude and I will respond briefly.
"Balotelli is not a topical interest issue. Today, we talk about Guarin and about the pleasure to have him among us.
"As for Mario, there will be time to speak about in one or two months".