Moratti: All of Italy loves Balotelli

The temperamental forward scored a brace in the Azzurri's 2-1 win over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals, and the Inter president says the striker is now adored in his homeland
Inter president Massimo Moratti has stated that all of Italy loves Mario Balotelli after his Euro 2012 heroics.

The temperamental forward bagged a first-half brace against Germany in the competition semi-finals, sending the Azzurri through to the final against Spain.

Moratti has stated that the Manchester City man has proved his doubters wrong and admits he would love to sign the forward for Inter.

“I'm happy for him. I think he’s finally found a home, Italy; all the Italians now love him as he wished,” the Nerazzurri chief told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Balotelli is a complex guy, but above all a great talent and the European Championships have proved this in international terms, in front of the whole world.

“The nice thing is that he has learned to suffer; [Cesare] Prandelli chose not to play him against Republic of Ireland, but he did not give up.

“I have thought of trying to bring him to Inter; I would gladly bet on him here but Manchester City have every right to say no and want to hang onto him,” Moratti continued.

Another star of the Italian campaign to date has been Andrea Pirlo, and Moratti admitted that sell him in the early days of his career may have been a mistake.

“He is an immense player. When he plays it is like a 30-year-old playing against boys of 16. Despite this his work never ends and he always is at the service of the team,” he concluded.