Mario Balotelli has reportedly handed in a transfer request in tegh wake of the incidents at the end of Inter’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.
Balotelli was booed by his own fans and he threw down his shirt at the final whistle. The striker was criticised by a number of his team-mates as well as coach Jose Mourinho and security had to protect him from irate supporters as he left the stadium.
Gazzetta dello Sport has now reported that Balotelli has handed in a transfer request, although club president Massimo Moratti is hopeful the issue can be sorted out.
“Now it’s difficult to mend,” he said on Football Italia. “It’s not impossible, but something will have to give. It’s as if Balotelli committed suicide in public.
“But I have faith in him and I don’t intend to sell him. I don’t know if he’ll play against Atalanta. There is a lot to do. We’ll see.”
Balotelli, meanwhile, has said he wants to prove he can be the best player in the game despite recent adverse publicity.
“I am ready to become the greatest player in the world,” he told Sky Italia. “I am relaxed and nothing has changed. Since childhood I have had this dream and I have no intention of messing it up.”