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Sven-Goran Eriksson remains among the leading contenders to land the Fulham manager’s job – see the best odds on every candidate here.

Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed that Mario Balotelli is not ”indispensable” and has yet to prove himself fully at the European champions, as the striker looks set to seal a move to Manchester City.

Balotelli is still in negotiations with City over a £24 million move and he is believed to be keen to be reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini.

When asked if he viewed Balotelli exit as a personal failure, Moratti told Sky Italia: “He could be, I don’t know. We’ll see if Balotelli’s departure will be a defeat, you can consider it how you want.

“There is Coutinho who is another youngster. The bet continues. Everyone is right about Balotelli, he is a talent, who in my opinion, has yet to express himself 100%, but this talent, in this moment, doesn’t seem so indispensable.

“We have important offers and objectives of an economic character, so you make a sacrifice with the player who everyone wants, not with the one who you try to sell and no one wants.

“Balotelli remains a great talent, but for us it’s almost an obligation to exit in this way. I definitely had a good relationship with him, then again I don’t know what he’ll say about that.”

Balotelli was reported to have had a bust-up with team-mates after their win over Barcelona in the 2009-10 Champions League semi-finals.

When asked if Inter’s dressing room had played any part in his decision to sell Balotelli, Moratti said: “It will certainly have influenced it. He wasn’t very happy at certain moments as weren’t the others, but the victories meant that everything was forgiven, also because there was respect for a professional who plays well. That doesn’t take away from the fact that he felt a little less part of the group.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson remains among the leading contenders to land the Fulham manager’s job – see the best odds on every candidate here.

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