With doubts over his career at Inter, former coach Roberto Mancini had since moved to Manchester City and decided to give Balotelli a fresh chance at a new club. He joined Manchester City in August 2010, where his performances and off-field activities continued to be enigmatic and unpredictable. Balotelli eventually fell out of favour with Mancini after a "training ground bust up" between the two in January 2013. His departure from City and return to Italy with A. C. Milan followed several weeks later. After 18 months at A. C. Milan, he returned to the Premier League with Liverpool. An unsuccessful season with the Merseyside club led to his return to A. C. Milan on loan and subsequent departure on a free transfer to Nice.