Berlusconi: “A young and Italian Milan, we used the January transfer window well”

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Silvio Berlusconi greets Mattia Destro today (@acmilan.com)
Silvio Berlusconi greets Mattia Destro today (@acmilan.com)

Silvio Berlusconi returned to Milanello after 2 weeks of absence and this time he didn’t say he wouldn’t swap Milan’s squad with any other team’s.

Milan last won the Scudetto in 2011 and have been going downhill ever since, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 8th in the following seasons. They are currently in 11th place with 29 points collected from 22 games.

The fans are blaming the management, with the Curva Sud targeting Adriano Galliani, for their lack of actual plan, but Club President Silvio Berlusconi’s words make him seem like a man of vision (although one would argue that his actions indicate quite the opposite). Today he was at Milanello, after two weeks, and he was accompanied by entrepreneurs interested in investing in his company Fininvest.

“Italian, young, preferably internationals and preferably from our academy. That’s the Milan I want,” Berlusconi was caught saying on the Milan Channel cameras before making a joke: “these gentlemen are the ones that allow us to pay you the salary (referring to his guests).”

He then praised Cristian Zaccardo and spoke to the new signings. “You did great things against Parma, then the penalty and the goal. You didn’t get a pass wrong. Well done,” he told the veteran defender. “Destro, I am very happy that you are here. Welcome Bocchetti and Paletta, you have honest faces. It’s good to see the new buys are all Italian, or have Italian passports and have South American roots (Paletta). I think we used the January transfer window well to reinforce the squad.”

Meanwhile, the Berlusconi family, through Fininvest, has sold 7.79% of their Mediaset stocks for a sum believed to be €400m (they now control just 33.4% of it). But it’s unlikely to affect Milan.

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nattimalta
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nattimalta

Saponara Cristante Petagna > Essien Muntari Matri

Sheva
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Sheva

Have curva sud been druged for so long? Of course its Gallianis fault (100%) for milans downfall.

BUT, how do you get rid of Galliani? Berlusconi selling the club (which he has to).

I dont even want berlusconi to keep 1% of milan, i want him to sell every procent

Maldini ghost
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Maldini ghost

Yeah right ! Then Juventus offer 5 million and Mr. Galliani sells them ! And i think that its impossible to sign Destro because of FFP and we are 70 million deficit this year in next we will probably have 100 milion !

Kk Miko
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Beginning to sound like a racist.
Where’s the Milan that would accommodate good players then irrespective of their nationality? No more Brazilians nor south Americans with huge talent anymore. This club cannot compare to even 10th place team in the EPL nor top four in the major European leagues. #Berlusconi sell the club

RKaY
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RKaY

Oh come on it’s not racist. Clubs like Manchester city are pathetic. They are called an English club with how many English players in their starting 11? It’s not like we aren’t going to sign non Italian players, just want to have the foundation of our club be Italian which makes sense considering we are an Italian club

Vinnie
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Vinnie

“Where’s the Milan that would accommodate good players then irrespective of their nationality?” Not sure that was ever the case for teh great Milan vintages. The three scandinavians in the 50’s,. the flying duthcmen in the 80/90s and the Brazilians since Rivaldos arrival until Robinhos departure. Nationality has always played a part. What has changed? Well, this all happened before the EU restrictions on foreign players, for example. It also happened before FFP, so regardless of the general current financial situation, it seems clear that in the mid-term perspective, buying foreign talent is not a sustainable approach compared to growing… Read more »

Nas
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Nas

Seems Berlusconi is dragging us back to 1908 when we first refused to sign foreign players so the club split and our ugly brother inter was formed!! In today’s more civilised times that is whats referred to as being racist and if anyone has any doubts about Berlusconi being a racist have a quick look at what he said when Barack Obama became president of the USA And anyway we already have the future of Italy at our club with de shiglio, abate and el Shaarawy, I really can’t wait for Berlusconi to be made an offer for the club… Read more »

Rosso Neri
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Rosso Neri

I really don’t know why Galliani is the one who get all criticism when talking about transfers. He is getting the orders by Berlusconi, the latter being shady and at the same time greedy. Like where is the youth policy they have been talking about for years? If so, where are they supposed to find them, our youth team, when they ship them to Serie B? Or around Serie A where they rarely use young Italians and live by probable more experienced players who passed their glory days? It’s just all BS, sorry, but I’m getting provoked by reading stuff… Read more »

Nas
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Nas

Because he signs them and if you need examples here’s just a few
Essien
Muntari
Constant
Bonera ( because he extends his contracts)
Maxi Lopez
My god man the list is endless,
Burlusoni pays for them but that’s just money from a fool, it’s actually Galliani’s sole responsibility to sign them and when a scout puts a player as useless as muntari or constant in front of you instead of signing them what he should be doing is sacking the scout

henriano
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henriano

i don’t know where ballusconni wants to get all italian squad maybe he wants to by mediocre players bcos all the world class italians i know are in juve and roma.

Cowmagnet
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Cowmagnet

I can understand wanting an “Italian” Milan considering that, as an Italian team, the first pool of talent you should look at is the one right around you that’s familiar. But, obviously, some of Milan’s best players weren’t Italian. The connection Milan used to have with Brazil was awesome, and we’ve had some amazing Eastern European talent in the past. And, even more confusingly, Milan sold some of their best young, Italian talent. It doesn’t matter where the players come from; just that they’re good and you use them wisely. So, what they’re saying has zero meaning. Just the rambling… Read more »

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successor

I see o racist here. just that Berlusconi and Galliani cant afford foreign players anymore due to the financial problem, that is while they went for home based italian player for cheap price and also get them on loan…. i think the problem Galliani have is getting old players for cheap price and paying them huge salary, he can easily buy good quality player with big money and moderate salary…. He sold our best young talented players for some old fools like Muntari who couldn’t no control the ball , keep possession and give nearest man accurate pass, Essien lack… Read more »

falsephrophet
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falsephrophet

He says he wants youth, but Niang and saponara might be sold..Its true what they say: too many cooks spoil the broth. President says one thing, Galliani does another, Barbara is doing something else, it’s just like our midfield.. too many individuals doing what they like. What they need is a link man; someone who works in unison with the attack and defense. I kind of like what Berlusconi wants, we cannot buy big names any more, but we can make them. The Allievi and the Primavera seem to have some promising players, I just hope galliani does not get… Read more »

falsephrophet
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falsephrophet

Berlusconi, Galliani and Barbara are just like our midfield: everybody is doing different things; all we need is that link man, someone with all the responsibility to handle the affairs, Belusconi’s idea is good: we can no longer afford to bring the best talent, but we can make them. The primavera and allievi have some pretty promising players, but they are no good to us if Galliani keeps selling them one piece at a time..

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falsephrophet

sorry for the double post folks. It looked like the comments weren’t getting posted

Kk Miko
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If i could remember, the last time i checked Milan players who won FIFA Balon D’or were not the so called Italian footballers.
Italians don’t possess sensational or phenomenon players anymore. The last Italian phenomenon is in the person of Andrea Pirlo, and Hachim Mastour for the future!

Lumen
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Italy don’t have world class players,even if they have Milan scouts can’t spot them.

kurfi
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kurfi

This comment explains why Seedorf was sacked because Pippo is no better. I just wish B & G would be true to their words and stick with the youth rather than buying old players who are clearly past their glories

C
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C

I dont like how this sounds he needs to sell the club Before they go down to serie b

milaniac
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milaniac

Commentthe young Italian youth thing doesn’t make any sense. Stop being admin and be very honest with yourself. How many future potentials from Italy do we have these Days be more dynamic. Catch them young irrespective of where they come from. Look at the national team for example. How many young and talented players do we have There. Some would just show a glimpse and end up being garbage. The Italian style of footbal is really not trending anymore. Look at the league and you’ll see that most of the guys that play at top notch aren’t Italians. What do… Read more »

kwabena Adu
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Visiting the team will not bring anything positive, the team lacks quality players.Berlusconi must admit that before we go to Serbia b

Bynz
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Bynz

Why dont you shut the hell up with this all young italian milan team it cant happen if you want one why not sign the national side for italy and youth side oh hang on what youth christante sold saponara loan YOU HAVE NO TRUST IN YOUTH PLAYERS if you did then chritante petenga niang saponara and others would be still at milan starting in most of the games but no suso sits on bench mastour sits on bench and the slow old EXPERIENCED players roam the field

Mojdanis
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Mojdanis

Guys if you want to comment or watch game tomorrow live from 12:30 add us on skype: “rossoneri.gameslive”.
I think it would be fun for all of us to share opinions and reactions during match!
Hear from you.

Forza Milan!!!

dejan10
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dejan10

B&G and their “youth policy” statements after getting rid of Cristante, Valoti, Petanga, Niang, Saponara and probably DeSciglio kills me. It’s like Putin saying he’s down with Pussy Riot.

Cyborg
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Cyborg

I suppose Berlusconi also wants Milan to have only Italian fans. I continue to get disappointed by Berlusconi. Obviously Berlusconi has no regard for foreign fans and players. It seems we supporting the wrong club. Everything comes to an end, and Berlusconi you are staring in the face of yours. Galliani, making a big deal out of a goal that wasn’t even offside shows just how low you can sink to protect inzaghi. Seedorf will coach another team very soon, and his success will haunt you like munzaghi’s goal against juve. Man United will be in the UCL next season,… Read more »