Moratti cool on Balotelli

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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti insists he is not perturbed by the interest in striker Mario Balotelli.

Numerous sides have been linked with the player, including both Manchester City and United and speculation is rife the youngster is set to leave the San Siro.

"I am never angry if someone says that one of my players is great, that they would happily buy them, because it means that they appreciate what we have," Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Balotelli scored nine goals in 26 league appearances for Inter last season but was not a starter in Jose Mourinho's treble-winning side.

The 19-year-old is under contract for another three seasons at Inter and the club have reportedly placed a 35million euro price tag on him.

Balotelli was frustrated by a lack of playing time under former Inter coach Mourinho.

"For a player it's important to play more," said Moratti.

"I hope he (Balotelli) has the opportunity to do so because he has great talent."

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