He's at it again! City star Balotelli gatecrashes Inter Milan press conference
17:10 GMT, 27 March 2012
The curious case of Mario Balotelli took a new twist this afternoon when he bizarrely burst in on an Inter Milan press conference.
The Manchester City striker, who used to play for the Italian giants, made his unexpected appearance as new manager Andrea Stramaccioni was being unveiled.
The 21-year-old parked a red Ferrari outside the press briefing, burst in and for reasons still unknown simply shook hands with those behind the top table, wished the new manager luck, and left without so much as an explanation.
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Mischief: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli caused a stir in Italy when he burst in on a press conference for the new Inter Milan manager
Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo, who travelled to London with the NextGen-winning youth squad last week, said the visit from the Manchester City striker was unexpected but not unusual.
‘He came to say hello to everybody at the training centre then left,’ Paolillo told Sportsmail. ‘We did not know he was coming but it’s not the first time. It’s typical of Mario. I see him sometimes when he comes to Milan.
‘I did not see the Ferrari as I was inside the press conference unveiling our new coach Andrea. We kissed hello and he left. We had no time to speak. I’ve known him at Inter since he was a young boy.’
Balotelli and the rest of his City
team-mates have been given a couple of days off by manager Roberto
Mancini, who himself jetted to Europe where he was seen in Bosnia.
After the commotion, Stramaccioni hailed his appointment as Claudio Ranieri's replacement as 'a dream come true'.
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The 36-year-old was promoted from
youth team coach to guide the senior side after former Chelsea boss
Ranieri was sacked on Monday with Inter 10 points adrift of the third
and last Champions League qualifying place.
who is Inter's fifth coach in the space of 22 months, said: 'It is a
beautiful dream come true. It has been totally unexpected but a dream
that club president (Massimo) Moratti has granted me and I will try to
do the best I can.'
The Rome-born Stramaccioni led the Nerazzurri's youth team to victory in the inaugural NextGen Series in London on Sunday.
'The victory in London with the youth team feels like it happened a long time ago considering yesterday's developments,' he said. 'Only football at this level can give you these emotions.'
Stramaccioni has no experience coaching in Italy's top flight and knows the challenge he will face to guide a star-studded side.
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