Milan President Silvio Berlusconi discussed Robinho, transfer strategy and promised in three years “we’ll get back to being protagonists in Italy and the world.”
The patron, who has announced he'll probably run for election as Italian Prime Minister again, was speaking at the launch of a new book marking the 113th anniversary of the club’s foundation.
“This is a transitional period and we had champions for 26 years, but must now have a little patience. We give ourselves three years to get back to being protagonists in Italy and the world,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are focusing on youth and have some excellent talents at the club now, like an extraordinary 15-year-old Hachim Mastour, who will be able to play in Serie A when he turns 16. Mbaye Niang is reminiscent of Mario Balotelli, even in the hairstyle...
“The papers keep going on about Balotelli, but I never dreamed of him and I don’t think he is in our list of objectives.”
Robinho has been repeatedly linked with a move to Santos, but Berlusconi insisted the matter is in the balance.
“We hope to convince Robinho to stay with us. He brings great joy to the locker room and we are all fond of him. He misses Brazil, but he’s not for sale.
“We are trying to strengthen the squad with the introduction of young champions, but I do hope a few big signings can be made.
“Nigel De Jong’s injury is a real shame, but we already have cover for him in midfield.”
Berlusconi has been making a habit this season of visiting the training ground before match day to fire up the squad.
“I do what I can to motivate the team and help them achieve their targets. I have always been a leader of men.”