IBRAHIMOVIC IS GETTING OLD - BERLUSCONI
The former Italy prime minister has no regrets
over signing the ex-Liverpool striker despite
initially wanting to bring PSG's Swedish forward
back to the club in the close-season.
Milan president Silvio Berlusconi is pleased
that the club signed Mario Balotelli rather than
Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he feels the Paris Saint-
Germain striker might be past his prime.
The Rossoneri were heavily linked with a move
for Ibrahimovic during the summer transfer
window, but eventually missed out on the
Sweden international as PSG refused to sell.
They then brought in Balotelli from Liverpool on
a one-year loan deal instead and after a
promising start Berlusconi has no regrets over
Milan's transfer dealings.
"Ibra wanted to come to Milan, but they
wouldnâ€™t let him go," Berlusconi told the official
"However we got Balotelli, who is younger. Ibra
is like me and is getting older.
"Balotelli didnâ€™t get a pass wrong against
Palermo and God willing he really has changed,
he appears to be more serious and pensive.
"He made a series of runs and passes, linking
up with the other players. I hope he can keep
this going in the future. I talk with him on the
phone from time to time and he seems calm, I
think he has reached the maturity stage in a
"I can also see him playing behind the two
strikers. Balo can play in any of the three
positions in attack."
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