Mario Balotelli was upset at the racist jeers from the crowd in Austria, but also hinted at a move to Milan. “I'm at Manchester City until June.”
The Italy striker was subjected to racist boos during tonight's 1-1 draw with Romania, but not all of them came from the opposition fans.
A small group of supporters unfurled banners that targeted both Balotelli and Argentine-born debutant Cristian Ledesma. They read ‘Italy for Italians' and ‘No to a multi-ethnic Italy.'
“In all honesty, I don't know what to say,” commented Balotelli. “If I have to stand there every time and listen to these chants, we're going nowhere.
“Cesare Prandelli says everyone should hug me and it would be nice if that happened, but it also wouldn't be right to stop the game just for those few people who go to the stadium to behave like that.
“We'd need to change these people, but I am not the one to do it. I am happy to play for the Nazionale. I will just say that where I live, in Brescia, there is already a multi-ethnic Italy. And we can do a lot better.
“I would like to hear more talk about these problems rather than my alleged girlfriends.”
Balotelli also made comments that will fuel reports of a move to Milan, the club he admits to supporting.
“Until June I am certainly at Manchester City. I have a five-year contract and can't say anything.
“It's true that I had dinner with Adriano Galliani after the derby, but what does that mean? If I had dinner with Massimo Moratti would you say I was returning to Inter?
“What do I think of Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Ah, Ibra and I would make a very strong pairing.”
When asked which of the players in the current Italy side he liked the most, SuperMario mentioned Pirlo.
“He's another Milanista, but it's not my fault if they have so many great players.”