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.