Roberto Mancini will talk to Nice forward Mario Balotelli about a return to the Italy team after being named the new national coach on Tuesday.
Balotelli last appeared for his country at the 2014 World Cup but knows Mancini well from their time at Inter Milan and Manchester City.
The 27-year-old could return for the forthcoming friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands.
“I’ll definitely talk to him,” Mancini said at a news conference. “Probably I will call him up. We want to see Balotelli like he was under [Cesare] Prandelli at Euro 2012.
“There will be room for everybody who plays well. I’ll be considering the age of players, because we’re looking to build for the future, but nobody will be excluded.”
Mancini was appointed in the aftermath of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, which cost Gian Piero Ventura his job.
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