Balotelli causes Inter surprise

Man City striker turns up at press conference unexpectedly

Mario Balotelli: Pleased to see old friends after wandering into Inter press conference

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli gatecrashed an Inter Milan news conference on Tuesday afternoon as new manager Andrea Stramaccioni was being presented to the media.

Stramaccioni has been promoted from youth team coach on a temporary basis following Claudio Ranieri's sacking, and he knows Balotelli from the 21-year-old's time at the club.

To much amusement, Balotelli walked into the room as Stramaccioni addressed the media and shook his hand and those of other people at the top table before leaving.

Balotelli later explained that he had decided to pay a visit to Inter to see old friends and congratulate Stramaccioni because he had been given a couple of days off by Roberto Mancini along with the rest of the Man City squad.

Strong

"I was pleased to see my old team-mates again," he told the Inter Channel. "I saw almost everyone, it was a great feeling.

"I wish Stramaccioni and the team all the best."

Balotelli is due back in training on Wednesday and he is excited about the challenge of trying to help City become Premier League champions.

Manchester United have recently moved in front of them in the title race but Balotelli remains confident of finishing first.

"I hope to win it. We are very strong," he said. "We have taken a small step back, but we can make the grade."