AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has stated that he is very happy with the signing of Mario Balotelli from Liverpool on loan this summer.
The club was linked with bringing their former striker Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to San Sio but the president said that he is happy that he got Balotelli back rather than Zlatan as the Paris Saint-Germain striker is “getting old”.
Mario Balotelli joined Liverpool from AC Milan last season and returned to AC Milan after just one horrible season at Anfield scoring just four goals in all competitions.
He got out of favour at Anfield and was also forced to train separately from the first-team squad. AC Milan gave him a lifeline to regain his career by signing him on a season loan.
After Milan’s 3-2 win last weekend over Palermo, the president talked to the press. He spoke on Balotelli, Ibrahimovic and also on the failed move for French star midfielder Geoffrey Kongdogbia, who joined rivals Inter from Monaco.
“It was a wise move not to buy Kondogbia at those figures. The starting point for negotiations was half what Inter eventually paid”, Berlusconi said.
“Ibra wanted to come to us, but PSG wouldn’t let him go. He really hoped that he would come to Milan. Oh well, we’ve got Balotelli now and he’s younger. Ibra, like me, is getting old.”
“Carlos Bacca has a great eye for goal, I like him a lot. Balotelli didn’t get a pass wrong tonight and God willing he really is a different Balo. He seemed more serious and considerate.”
“He had a series of runs and combined with the other players. I hope he can continue like this in future. I talk to him on the phone every now and then. I think he has reached maturity.
“I’d like to see Balo has a trequartista, although let’s not forget Jeremy Menez is still out injured. Balo can play any of the three roles in attack.”
AC Milan were linked with a move for Zlatan all summer long, but the PSG star ended up staying in France, despite claims that the Rossoneri were ”desperate” to sign him, according to Zlatan himself.
He said, “A lot of interest but I said from the beginning that I will stay with PSG. I like it, we have a good team, my family feel good and it’s just positive with Paris and PSG. But they wanted, they wanted much.”
“It is Mino [Raiola] who takes care of the pieces. When I give notice that I want something to happen I get involved. But this summer I have been resting up, I enjoyed the holiday, but I know that Milan were a bit desperate.”
The statement is a funny one actually considering Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career compared to Balotelli’s who also idolised the Swedish superstar. Ibrahimovic won league title in every nation he played and graced the jersey for many big sides like AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and PSG and won 2 Eredivisie titles, 2 Serie A titles with Juventus, 3 Serie A titles with Inter, 1 La Liga title, 1 Serie A title with AC Milan and three Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain. These are only his league titles and there are multiple of huge club honours won by him during his career. Individual awards like Golden foot, FIFA Puskas Award and multiple top scorer awards in various leagues also grace his portfolio which will overshadow Balotelli’s whole career.