MILAN: Milan will not, despite British media speculation, be seeking to take muddled-headed Mario Balotelli back to Serie A, according to owner Silvio Berlusconi writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
The former Italian Prime Minister, with more time available to think about football issues after an apparent resolution of legal and political issues, has insisted that the Rossoneri do not have the money.
Balotelli has been the subject of renewed transfer speculation after his latest squabble with Manchester City when he accepted, only grudgingly, a two-week club fine for indiscipline on the pitch.
Suggestions that he would be keen on a move back to Italy are somewhat surprising given the level of racist abuse to which he would be subjected back in Calcio.
Berlusconi, asked after the Roma game about any Milan interest in Balotelli, said: “I can assure you he will not be coming here.”
The media magnate added that Milan had been more interested in trying to prise Didier Drogba away from China’s Shanghai Shenhua but money was the problem.
Berlusconi said: “He really is a player I admire so much and one of the best in the game right now but he would cost too much. Only Russian and Arab clubs have that sort of money.
“Milan do not have the resources now to buy ready-made stars, we have to concentrate more on young players either in our own club or available to buy. I’m not naming names. Whenever I do that his price suddenly goes through the roof.”
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