The 22-year-old completed a move back to Italy from Manchester City in January, and will go head to head with the veteran Argentine in next week's Derby della Madonnina.

"I didn't expect Balotelli to join Milan," the 39-year-old told reporters.

"He's a great player, but hopefully, we'll play a great defensive game against him and his team-mates."

The Italy international has scored four goals in his three appearances since joining the Rossoneri last month.