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Balotelli seeks to leave Inter after Barca incidents

Mario Balotelli has reportedly handed in a transfer request after the events that followed Inter Milan's 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the San Siro.

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Balotelli was booed by his own fans after a speculative shot late on in the game and he threw down his shirt at the final whistle. The striker was criticised by a number of his team-mates after the game and security had to protect him from angry 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 resolved.

"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 negative headlines.

"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."

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