Zanetti surprised by Balotelli switch

Inter captain Javier Zanetti has admitted that he was surprised to see former team-mate Mario Balotelli join cross-city rivals AC Milan.

The 22-year-old completed a move back to Italy from Manchester City in January, and will go head-to-head with the veteran Argentine in next week's Derby della Madonnina.

"I didn't expect Balotelli to join Milan," the 39-year-old told reporters.

"He's a great player, but hopefully, we'll play a great defensive game against him and his team-mates."

The Italy international has scored four goals in his three appearances since joining the Rossoneri last month.

Milan and Inter kick off at 20:45CET on February 24.