Mario Balotelli gets fruity, Antonio Conte down to Earth and Claudio Lotito’s friendship on show as Susy Campanale rounds up the week’s daftest statements.
“The human aspect is very important at Milan. If you place a bad apple in the dressing room then it can infect all of the others. Mario Balotelli is someone who I would never accept in the Milan squad.”
Silvio Berlusconi gets all fruity
“Balotelli is not a bad apple. He is a cherry.”
Agent Mino Raiola’s attempts to make SuperMario seem sweet just turn out disturbing
“Juventus are only human, we are not Martians.”
Antonio Conte hastily cancels the training camp at Area 51
“It’s not any particular face that inspires sporting antipathy, but a team, especially after the rough Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup Finals: Napoli. When I am faced with Napoli, something goes off in me.”
Claudio Marchisio can be assured the feeling will now be mutual
“Walk off? No. I don't think that is the solution. I don't think you can run away.”
FIFA President Sepp Blatter had better run away if Kevin-Prince Boateng gets hold of him...
“I like Vincenzo Montella a lot. He has a clean face, an innovative mentality and his sides play some very nice football. Yes, he could be a Milan man.”
Basically Gennaro Gattuso just described his polar opposite
“We, as a nation, must return to our origins because we have always been good at defending and we shouldn’t be ashamed of that.”
Fabio Cannavaro plans a Defender’s Pride Parade
“I have known Andrea Abodi for 20 years, but I do not think he is suitable as President of the Lega Serie A. He does not have the stature required for this role.”
Claudio Lotito will find himself off someone’s Christmas card list this year...
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