Silvio Berlusconi claims his desire for an ‘all-Italian’ Monza is ‘a reaction to the Serie A teams who field 11 foreigners with unpronounceable names.’
Berlusconi returned to football via his purchase of Serie C side Monza earlier in the season after he sold Milan in April 2017, bringing long-time collaborators Adriano Galliani and Cristian Brocchi with him.
“Some still say my companies have money abroad, that the money had come back to Italy through selling Milan,” the former Prime Minister of Italy told Rete 4.
“My companies have never had money abroad. The sale of Milan was a clean sweep. Only a fool would say the opposite.
“Do I miss Milan? A bit, but now I have Monza and I want to make them a model team with only players who are Italian, young and without beards, tattoos or earrings.
“I only want players who, if they commit a foul, apologise to their opponents, who approach referees with education, who write autographs well.
“It’s a reaction to the Serie A teams who field 11 foreigners with unpronounceable names and who aren’t examples to follow.”
The claim seems to be exaggerated, given the 82-year-old sanctioned the signing of Matheus Paqueta, the brother of Milan’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta, last month.
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