Here at the Football Transfer Tavern our punters could be forgiven for thinking that Silvo Berlusconi just likes his name in the press, and according to the report in Gazzetta Dello Sport today we can see why.
The colourful character has now recanted the remarks he made about Manchester City’s equally colourful striker Mario Balotelli. Berlusconi of course called the player ‘a rotten apple’ and went even further by claiming he did not convince him ‘as a man’. Balotelli has of course been heavily linked with a move back to Italy this transfer window with AC Milan having looked like the most likely destination.
After these comments however, it looks like the striker had better take one of the 100 chances Roberto Mancini was set to offer. However football being football, Berlusconi has now backtracked on the comments, stating: “I was talking about the fact that you need positive figures in the dressing room. I wasn’t referring to Balotelli and I apologise if it was taken to be about him.”
Quite what Balotelli makes of this ‘apology’ remains to be seen, but it does seem to open the door for a possible move to Italy. Well it did until Berlusconi was questioned about the possibility of signing Mario and added: “I’ve never heard of any sort of negotiation between him and anyone at my club, and neither Galliani nor Allegri has identified him as a transfer target.”