In the past, Moratti has been quick to defend the troubled the Brazilian, but last night said Mancini was right to demand the player 'sort himself out'.

The Inter supremo said: "He behaved like an older brother.

"It was a push, not a condemnation. Could he leave in January? We had a good opportunity in the summer, but kept him here.

"The fact remains, if he is good enough, we will keep him."