Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed that striker Rolando Bianchi left the club to increase his chances of securing a call-up to the Italy national team set-up.
The 24-year-old only joined the Citizens last summer from Reggina and scored five goals in 24 games for the Eastlands club, before heading home to join Lazio on loan until the end of the season.
Eriksson commented: "We bought eight players in the summer and seven of them settled in very, very well. Bianchi had more difficulties, mainly because of the way we play.
"He wanted to play football and to do that we have allowed him to go back to Italy for the rest of the season.
"I understand him because before he arrived here he was a step away from being in the national team.
"His dream is to be involved with Italy in the European Championship finals this summer and to do that he has to play.
"With the agreement with Lazio, they have the right to buy him at the end of the season for a certain figure. That's the Italian way.
"They would never take a player on loan if they didn't have the right to buy him at the end of the season."