“I don’t think he’ll be called up for Saturday [against Bologna]. It doesn’t depend on me, it depends on Mario. It’s not an issue between me and him, but between the club and the lad. He knows what he has to say. He either says it or he doesn’t. Eto’o was right when he said the team comes before any individual.” – Jose Mourinho.
“I’m not so stupid to miss five matches (unnecessarily). If an apology were due, I would have given it before. Being as I’m right, I’m not apologising.” – Mario Balotelli.
The stand-off between the Special One and 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli appeared to deepen on Wednesday night as the young, brash forward was again left out the Inter squad as his side faced CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
According to Italian reports, the latest fallout between Mourinho and Balotelli has arisen from a training ground incident, but while the details on the spat remain a little foggy, the poor relations between the factions is plain to see.
With Balotelli sitting in the stands as ise freeze-out continued, the cameras made sure to capture the forward’s reaction when Diego Milito finally gave the Nerazzurri the lead. Deadpan, Balotelli barely flinched when the ball struck the net and, while all around him leapt to their feet in celebration, Balotelli could only muster a little clap as he remained firmly rooted to his seat.
Mario Balotelli’s incredibly sulky reaction to Inter’s goal against CSKA can be seen here.