Mario Balotelli is “a rotten apple” and the club are better off without him according to AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi…
AC Milan owner and ex-Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he never wanted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli at the club, and is convinced that without him the club can return to greatness.
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Balotelli joined Liverpool for £16m in the summer, and Berlusconi insists that he was happy to be rid of the controversial forward, according to Goal.
The Serie A side have been struggling in recent years, last season even seeing them drop out of contention for a Champions League spot by finishing eighth domestically.
“I remember he was bought against my advice,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We have many champions: [Jeremy] Menez, [Keisuke] Honda, [Stephan] El Shaarawy, [Fernando] Torres, [Nigel] De Jong…
“The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room.”
The Italy international didn’t have a terrible record while at Milan, scoring 26 goals in 43 appearances. He was however highly unreliable, and often showed his usual signs of apathy and disinterest when things weren’t going his way.
He went through phases of brilliance on his return to Serie A, showing glimpses of the talent he possesses. It was never enough to counteract his poor attitude both on and off the pitch though, which is why the Milan boss was so pleased to offload him this summer.