Mario Balotelli
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli Reuters

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli gate-crashed a press conference at his former club Inter Milan. The conference had been called to introduce the Italian club's interim manager - Andrea Stramaccioni - in the wake of Claudio Ranieri's recent sacking.

The 21-year-old striker, who along with City teammates, was given a couple of days off by boss Roberto Mancini, casually walked into Inter Milan's press conference and shook the hands of his ex-bosses. He then left without giving any explanation but after wishing the newly appointed manager Stramaccioni good luck.

Ernesto Paolillo, Inter Milan CEO, claims Balotelli's visit did not surprise him much because he has seen the talented striker dropping in for unexpected visits.

"He came to say hello to everybody at the training centre then left. We did not know he was coming but it's not the first time. It's typical of Mario. I see him sometimes when he comes to Milan," the Daily Mail quoted Paolillo as saying.

Paolillo also said he did not notice Balotelli's car, a red Ferrari, as he was busy in the conference.

"I did not see the Ferrari as I was inside the press conference unveiling our new coach Andrea. We kissed hello and he left. We had no time to speak. I've known him at Inter since he was a young boy," he added.

Meanwhile, newly appointed interim manager Stramaccioni, who had earlier led the youth side to a win over Ajax in the NextGen Series, said it was his dream to be the manager of Inter Milan.

"It is a beautiful dream come true. It has been totally unexpected but a dream that club president (Massimo) Moratti has granted me and I will try to do the best I can," the Daily Mail quoted Stramaccioni as saying.

Check out this video capturing the whole incident: