Mario Balotelli said he’ll be cheering on Milan against Inter, but President Silvio Berlusconi “is not a gentleman” and praised Adriano Galliani.
On Sunday there will also be the Derby della Madonnina at San Siro and Balo played for both clubs, although has always been a self-confessed Rossoneri supporter.
“I am hoping for a spectacular game, then if Milan win I’ll be even happier! My years at Inter were good and I won’t bite the hand that fed me, but everyone knows by now that Milan have always been in my heart,” the Nice striker told Sky Sport Italia.
“I really like the amount of young players in Milan now, they play good football, have a good Coach and are third in the table.”
Who does Balotelli predict will be decisive in the Milan Derby?
“I hope Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Locatelli will do well, just like whoever plays between Carlos Bacca and Gianluca Lapadula.
“I would advise Donnarumma to remain in Milan (rather than go to Manchester City). He has my agent, so I’m sure he’ll give him the best advice.
“For Inter, I’ll say Mauro Icardi.”
Icardi had quite a few problems with the Nerazzurri ultras recently after a controversial chapter in his autobiography, in which he threatened to bring in criminals from Argentina as self-defence.
“He’s right, with the fans Inter have got…”
The Chinese investors have already taken over Inter and are set to close the deal for Milan on December 12.
“There are a lot of Chinese people in Milan anyway! It is strange to see a Milan Derby with two Chinese Presidents, but football is changing and we hope they can bring strong players.”
President Berlusconi is selling the club and CEO Galliani leaving, but Balotelli made a surprising statement.
“Milan lose Galliani, the greatest character in the history of Milan. In football terms, Berlusconi is great, but he is not a gentleman. He said some things that were not very nice or helpful, but I didn’t talk about them at the time because I was a Milan player and didn’t want to cause problems.
“I had a special rapport with (former Inter President Massimo) Moratti, as he treated me like his son. I will love him always. With Berlusconi it was a colder relationship.”