Stramaccioni, who replaces former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri at Inter on a temporary basis, was speaking at his first news conference when Balotelli walked into the press room to shake hands with the 36-year-old coach.
The 21-year-old City forward was at Inter’s training ground to speak to his old team-mates following his €22m (£18.4m) move to the Premier League in August 2010.
“I am proud to work with such champions,” said Stramaccioni following Balotelli’s disruption.
“Until Monday they were great champions who I admired, whereas now, they are my champions. The team is very professional and made up of players of a great level.
“It is a pleasure for me to work with them and it has also been easy for me to communicate with them.”
Stramaccioni, who was formerly a youth coach at the San Siro outfit, takes charge of his first Inter game against Genoa on Sunday.
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