Inter aim to keep Balotelli
Massimo Moratti savoured Inter Milan's Serie A title and insisted Mario Balotelli would not be going anywhere.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 16/05/10 6:03pm
Massimo Moratti savoured Inter Milan's Serie A title and insisted Mario Balotelli would not be going anywhere following Sunday's 1-0 victory over Siena.
Jose Mourinho's side needed to win their final game of the season to secure top spot after starting the day just two points clear of nearest rivals Roma.
Diego Milito struck in the 57th minute to seal the win and club president Moratti was delighted with the effort of all his players.
Moratti also lavished praise on Mourinho but insisted Inter would not start celebrating fully until after next Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
"I am so very, very happy," said Moratti.
"We struggled right to the end, but it was a deserved trophy and the lads did brilliantly.
"Can we call this Mourinho's Scudetto? Of course it is his title.
"Now we must focus on Madrid, as we need to do well in the Champions League final as well to complete the treble."
Balotelli has endured a difficult campaign and was frozen out of the team for a short spell after falling out with Mourinho.
But he returned to favour towards the end of the season and, after starting against Siena, is expected to remain with the club.
Moratti continued: "I thank all players and I thank also Balotelli, who will stay with us 100 per cent."
Milito, meanwhile, was delighted to score the goal that clinched the title for Inter.
"It's surely the most important goal of my career," Milito told Sky Italia.
"We are happy and we deserve it. Luckily the ball entered the net, after we wasted a few good chances in the first half."