MARIO BALOTELLI will don the Manchester City jersey for the first time in over six years when he features in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial next month.
The 29-year-old – who left the club in 2013 to join AC Milan – has been named as one of the Citizens legends that will face a Premier League All-Stars XI on September 11 at the Etihad.
Italian striker Balotelli – who fired in 30 goals in 80 games for City – provided the last-gasp assist for Sergio Aguero for the Argentinian’s dramatic title-clinching strike against QPR in 2012.
Balotelli recently joined hometown side Brescia on a free transfer following spells at French sides Nice and Marseille.
Pep Guardiola will manage the City Legends, while Belgium’s national team boss Roberto Martinez will coach the all-stars.
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Joe Hart will return between the sticks for City, with a back four consisting of Pablo Zabaleta, Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge, with Micah Richards on the bench.
Gareth Barry could start in midfield alongside Nigel de Jong and Stephen Ireland, while Samir Nasri has also been named in the squad.
The French star – who linked up with Kompany at Anderlecht in the summer – is likely to start on the bench.
Shaun Wright-Phillips could slot in at right-wing with Craig Bellamy filling in on the left flank, leaving Balotelli to lead the line.
David Silva and Sergio Aguero will also play a small role in the clash.
All proceeds from the match will go to Tackle4MCR – an initiative Kompany set up with the help of the Mayor of Greater Manchester in their attempt to address homelessness and rough sleeping.
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Kompany made 360 appearances for City during his 11-year spell, before returning to Belgium to take up a player-manager role at Anderlecht.
But the season hasn’t got off to a good start for the 33-year-old, with the club losing two and drawing twice out of their opening four top-flight games.
He has been accused of “thinking he is God” as his dream homecoming slowly turns into a nightmare.
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