Saturday October 24 2015
Berlusconi: 'I'm Milan's exorcist'

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has “absolute faith” in Sinisa Mihajlovic and joked he’s the exorcist they need.

The patron arrived today for his first pre-match visit of the season at the Milanello training ground.

He had lunch with the squad and gave them a pep talk, leaving after two hours.

“I wanted to be present for everyone,” Berlusconi told reporters. “I call everyone regularly, from the Coach to Adriano Galliani and the players.

“If he overcomes this injury, you’ll see a Mario Balotelli who is more mature and efficient on the field. I found him much more solid than before.

“I asked the team what is behind this difficult start to the season, but it’s a very long conversation.

“On Sunday I will be at San Siro with the same hope as the fans of seeing a victory against Sassuolo. I understand the supporters are disappointed, but I invested €150m this summer, so I have another 150 million reasons to be disappointed.”

This week Berlusconi refused to publicly back Mihajlovic and the Coach said if he can’t fix their issues, then Milan “need to call an exorcist.”

“I can be the exorcist,” smiled Berlusconi. “I have absolute faith in our Coach, as is the Milan style. I think I motivated the players today and gave them some basic advice too.”

Berlusconi has an agreement to sell 48 per cent of the club to Bee Taechaubol, but the Thai investor hasn’t finalised the paperwork yet.

“I am convinced he is reliable. I hope the closing will be done by Christmas. It’s important for us to commercialise the brand in the Far East, particularly in China, where we have a huge number of fans.”