What a turn-up for Mario
- 28 March 2012 09:16
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
He'll go where he wants, he's Balotelli, he'll go where he wants. Even if it is in the middle of a press conference at his former club Inter Milan.
Well, it was either that or the Trafford Centre. They were pleased to see Mario, of course, but it was typical of the striker that he didn't wait for a break in proceedings to say "Ciao".
Or, as The Scotsman puts it: "Balotelli underlined his reputation for the unpredictable as he turned up at an Inter Milan press conference.
The Italian made an unexpected appearance as Inter formally unveiled their new manager, Andrea Stramaccioni
"Balotelli knows Stramaccioni, who has been promoted from youth team coach, from his time at the Serie A giants and paid a visit to congratulate him on his appointment and see old friends.
"To much amusement, Balotelli walked into the room as Stramaccioni addressed media and shook his hand and those of other people at the top table before leaving."
Yahoo chuckles: "The new boss was so stunned that he turned to a journalist after the 21-year-old had left and asked: 'What was the last question?'"
There won't be many more days off for Mario and the boys before the derby, and over on the other side they're wondering if they'll have to face old team-mate Carlos Tevez on 30 April.
Antonio Valencia's quotes in The Sun are picked up by sportinglife.com: "If Carlos plays against us, I'm sure he'll be motivated. He's an excellent player, able to change a match in an instant.
"What he did against Chelsea was no surprise. But for Tevez to score the winner? I hope it doesn't happen.
And for us to fail and lose the title will bring pain for months
"Now our challenge is to win all our matches and to arrive with an advantage over City on derby day.
"I'm not saying whether that game will decide the title but it's clear the winners will deliver a morale blow to the other club. So I expect a big battle and for us to avenge our 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford."
That result is long forgotten around here, Antonio, nobody even mentions it any more.
"But City have also been watching Dortmund's top scorer Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Mario Gotze, who signed a contract extension yesterday. The pair could be used in a player-plus-cash deal for Dzeko."