SILVIO BERLUSCONI says Drogba is too old for Milan and Balotelli’s personality doesn’t convince him.
Milan will most likely sell both Robinho and Alexandre Pato this January and will bring a striker and there are many names in the media linked with the Rossoneri including Drogba, Osvaldo, Destro and Balotelli.
Milan’s new policy is to buy young players and invest in the champions of the future rather than in the stars of today and so Silvio Berlusconi claims the likes of Osvaldo and Didier Drogba don’t fit this philosophy.
“For now, I would rather sign Mattia Destro than Pablo Osvaldo, who is older than the age limit that we have set in order to create a squad of youngsters. We need 2 or 3 years to create a young and competitive squad,” the Milan President and the former Prime Minister of Italy told a radio station on Thursday noon.
“Mattia Destro is definitely a player that I would like to bring to Milan. Didier Drogba is 34 years old, so he’s too old for our youth policy. Mario Balotelli doesn’t convince me due to his personality.” Balotelli had a bust-up with his Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini today in training but his agent Mino Raiola has claimed in recent weeks that Balotelli will not be moving from the Champions of England in the near time.
“Adriano Galliani is in Brazil now, and he should not spend any money, but only bring home money. Alexandre Pato has told us that he wants to go back to Brazil. He has promised to return to Milan in 2 or 3 years. That is why we have decided to sell him to the most prestigious club in South America – Corinthians.
“After 26 years in paradise we have decided to take a 3 year break. We have put a stop to spending crazy money. Over the next 3 years, we will create a young squad that will last for at least 10 years. And we will sign a champion every year. We are searching the market for the best youngsters, we have about 100 under observation. These days the prices are stratospheric, it seems as though we’re playing Monopoly.
“Seems that money doesn’t have value in football. There is also a rule you can’t spend more than you earn so when cycles end, focusing on youth is the only way,” the 76-year-old politician and businessman.