Valentino Rossi would welcome the return of his former crew chief Jerry Burgess to MotoGP next season.

Unconfirmed reports from Italy suggest the 61-year-old Australian - who won 13 titles as a crew chief for Rossi, Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner - could be called up to work with teenage countryman Jack Miller.

The Moto3 title leader continues to be closely linked with a move straight to MotoGP with LCR Honda, while Burgess is theoretically available after Rossi decided to end their 14-year partnership at the end of last year.

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"I read about this on Twitter I think," Rossi said of the Burgess/Miller rumour. "I'm very happy if Jeremy comes back. He came to one race this year, we stayed together a bit. He is in a good shape.

"I don't know if it is true or not, but I think for me it would be a very good option [for Miller] to have Jeremy in his box. Because for sure Jeremy could teach him a lot of secrets and a lot of tricks about MotoGP.

"I'm happy if Jeremy comes back because like any good old friend, you are happy to see them again."

Casey Stoner's former Ducati and Honda crew chief Christian Gabbarini, now working as a HRC Engineer, is another big name being linked with Miller for next year.