Tuesday January 8 2013
Berlusconi: Balotelli? A bad apple

Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi says he would never sanction the signing of Mario Balotelli, while he hinted at a summer exit for boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Italy and Manchester City ace Balotelli is constantly being linked with a future with the Diavolo, but Berlusconi is adamant that the enigma will not arrive at San Siro.

“The human aspect is very important at Milan,” the former Italian Prime Minister told Antenna 3 in an interview.

“If you place a bad apple in the dressing room then it can infect all of the others. Balotelli is someone who I would never accept in the Milan squad.”

Rumours of a Balotelli switch intensified last week after his altercation with City boss Roberto Mancini coincided with Alexandre Pato’s sale to Corinthians.

“Pato has promised me that he will return in a year and a half,” the Diavolo official continued. “A series of injuries created a certain distance between himself and the establishment at Milanello.

“The agreement is that he goes there, stays for 18 months and then returns to Milan. That is what he told me when we embraced for the last time at Arcore.”

Berlusconi was also asked about the future of boss Allegri, a tactician whose contract at Milanello won’t expire until June 2014.

“A President must always tell the truth,” he said when asked whether Allegri would stay for 2013-14. “Therefore, let’s go to the next question…”

Berlusconi’s dream tactician for the future is available former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

“The chances of him arriving are very low,” he admitted. “I’ve always wanted to take him to Milan because Barcelona have played the best football over these years.”

The Italian giants have opted to start a new era at the club after opting to wave goodbye to a host of veteran players in the summer, as well as selling the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We are focusing on youth,” he added. “We have three youngsters on our radar, one plays in Italy and the other two are abroad – but we don’t know whether we can sign them in January.

“A bid for Inter’s Wesley Sneijder? How old is he? 28? Well then, he’s not part of Milan’s plans.”

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