Milan President Silvio Berlusconi warns the Scudetto isn't won yet and has “affection” for Leonardo, but “Mario Balotelli's style doesn't suit us.”
The patron, who is also Prime Minister of Italy, was not in the stands for last night's 3-0 victory over Inter.
“The Scudetto is seven games away. We have the opportunity to do well and from that respect the derby was important,” he commented.
Inter boss Leonardo was welcomed by a huge banner depicting The Last Supper with the former Milan Coach as Judas.
“I give Leonardo the most heartfelt best wishes so that he can do well and stay at Inter. The derby is another issue entirely.
“I care for Leonardo, as he gave so much to Milan, so I have nothing but affection for him. Leo called me narcissistic? He's right, I am!”
Berlusconi slammed the door shut on another figure, though, as Balotelli's continual disciplinary problems have put his future at Manchester City in doubt.
“There is a Milan style of behaviour that I don't think is very close to that of Balotelli. He's a lovely lad who every now and then has a bit of a distraction, let's put it that way. I don't think his style suits us.”
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